Sarah Bruns Law PLLC

Sarah Bruns Law PLLC For over a decade, Sarah Bruns has been aggressively protecting the rights of her clients in Northern Virginia in matters of Family Law, Criminal Defense, and Drunk Driving (DUI/DWI) Defense.
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Virginia's Attorney General Mark Herring lists some much-needed criminal justice and policing reforms ahead of the Augus...
08/11/2020
August 11, 2020 - Herring Outlines Priorities for Criminal Justice and Policing Reform Ahead of Special Session

Virginia's Attorney General Mark Herring lists some much-needed criminal justice and policing reforms ahead of the August special session. https://www.oag.state.va.us/media-center/news-releases/1790-august-11-2020-herring-outlines-priorities-for-criminal-justice-and-policing-reform-ahead-of-special-session

Ahead of the upcoming special session of the General Assembly, Attorney General Mark R. Herring today outlined his priorities for criminal justice and policing reforms that will reduce brutality and abuses of power by law enforcement, increase transparency, accountability, justice, and equality, and...

08/07/2020
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The Supreme Court of Virginia has issued an order suspending the issuance of writs of eviction for failure to pay rent through September 7, 2020.https://mcusercontent.com/a475aa04afd19da9b96662f92/files/67d1d8c9-5f3f-479d-a0c1-41b5ee444831/Supreme_Court_amended_8th_order_staying_evictions_August_7_2020.pdf

Many new laws came into effect today in Virginia! I'll go through a few in a series of posts, but I'll start with the on...
07/02/2020
Title 46.2. Motor Vehicles

Many new laws came into effect today in Virginia! I'll go through a few in a series of posts, but I'll start with the one that will impact the most people. First - to get ahead of the game - it's time to buy a mount for your phone in your car!

As of January 1, 2021, it will illegal to hold your phone or handheld communication device in your hand while driving a car, under newly created Virginia Code Section 46.2-818.2. The fine will be hefty, $125 for the first time.

Right now, that provision only applies to driving in a work zone, under Virginia Code 46.2-1078. On January 1, 2021, 46.2-1078 will be repealed and will be replaced by 46.2-818.2. Further, it is important to note that if you are convicted of Reckless Driving after January 1, 2021, and were found to have been in violation of 46.2-818.2 at that time, you will have an additional mandatory minimum fine of $250. It's a good idea to get that mount and get out of the habit of touching your phone while driving (even for things like GPS) in the time between now and the New Year.

https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title46.2/chapter8/section46.2-818.2/

Table of Contents » Title 46.2. Motor Vehicles » Subtitle III. Operation » Chapter 8. Regulation of Traffic » Article 1. General and Miscellaneous » § 46.2-818.2. (Effective January 1, 2021) Use of handheld personal communications devices in certain motor vehicles; exceptions; penalty

05/15/2020
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The Loudoun County Courts have issued a joint order regarding how the public can enter the courthouse. Please allow yourself extra time for additional screening and don't enter the courthouse if any of these rules apply to you. Also please note that you will be required to wear a mask.

https://mcusercontent.com/a475aa04afd19da9b96662f92/files/4018b29d-fb07-4f11-ab7c-f03844b55d56/Courthouse_Order_COVID_19_precautions_and_requirements_May_2020.pdf

04/29/2020
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Loudoun County Circuit Court has issued a new order clarifying how civil and criminal cases can be heard for the time being. Parties will appreciate being able to get more issues before the court, but contested matters requiring evidence will still have to wait.https://mcusercontent.com/a475aa04afd19da9b96662f92/files/c0f817a3-0fd3-47c7-a021-d72d0eca0036/Circuit_Court_Order_Establishing_Temporary_Hearing_Procedures.pdf

04/22/2020
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The Supreme Court of Virginia has extended the Judicial Emergency court closures until May 17. Only essential matters will be heard. See order:https://mcusercontent.com/a475aa04afd19da9b96662f92/files/e42ad986-b55e-4609-9ffe-1dadcf6f7dba/Supreme_Court_order_extending_emergency_April_22_2020.pdf

This is so generous.
04/16/2020

This is so generous.

In an effort to show compassion for our neighbors during these difficult times, we are providing healthy, free lunch for those in need at 338 E. Market St. (located across from McDonalds).

Today, we partnered with SOLO NY PIZZA in Leesburg to provide food to those in need.

Please stop by and take what you need.

These free wi-fi hotspots are very good news for western Loudoun residents who struggle with unreliable internet. Gettin...
04/10/2020

These free wi-fi hotspots are very good news for western Loudoun residents who struggle with unreliable internet. Getting information about COVID-19 is essential so I’m glad the county is providing this service!

With the Governor’s stay-at-home Executive Order, there must also come the recognition that not everyone is safe at home...
04/09/2020

With the Governor’s stay-at-home Executive Order, there must also come the recognition that not everyone is safe at home. Here are resources in Loudoun County.

The nonprofit I work with is seeking barn homes for barn cats! Please share!
04/06/2020

The nonprofit I work with is seeking barn homes for barn cats! Please share!

It's a great time to adopt a cat! We have an urgent need for people with a barn, shed, garage or outbuilding who can help save a few community cats! Take advantage of the time you are spending at home and help save the lives of some community cats in need. These cats can help control rodents and other critters on your property if you can provide them with food, shelter and fresh water. The transition to acclimate the cats to your property takes a few weeks so now is the perfect time to do it!
https://loudounnow.com/2020/04/06/loudoun-rescue-organization-seeks-homes-for-community-cats/

So many thanks as I celebrate one year in business as a solo practitioner. Even though courts and litigants are facing s...
04/01/2020

So many thanks as I celebrate one year in business as a solo practitioner.

Even though courts and litigants are facing so much uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, I plan to continue serving my clients and the community.

03/30/2020
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The Loudoun General District Court (the court that hears matters such as small claims, misdemeanors, and traffic matters) has issued an order regarding court operations after the Supreme Court of Virginia's emergency order shutting down courts except for essential matters until April 26, 2020.https://mcusercontent.com/a475aa04afd19da9b96662f92/files/5997c5f4-cca7-401d-bbae-8ddd8887e2e1/GDC_Revised_COVID_19_Order_03302020.pdf

03/23/2020
www.governor.virginia.gov

Here is the original copy of the order Governor Northam entered today.

https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/executive-actions/EO-53-Temporary-Restrictions-Due-To-Novel-Coronavirus-(COVID-19).pdf

This is wonderful news! I believe Public Defender’s offices raise the quality of criminal defense in a jurisdiction.
03/20/2020

This is wonderful news! I believe Public Defender’s offices raise the quality of criminal defense in a jurisdiction.

Governor Ralph Northam has signed my bill creating the Prince William County Public Defender's Office which will also cover the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park! Thank you to everyone who worked to make it happen including my Chief Cosponsor and first Public Defender Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy, our cosponsors Jeremy McPike, Senator George Barker, John Bell, Luke Torian, Hala Ayala, Elizabeth Guzman, Danica Roem - Virginia Delegate, Lee J. Carter, Dan Helmer, and Suhas Subramanyam, and our grassroots advocate Rev. Keith Savage and Rev. Clyde Ellis and PWC Voice, and our local government delegation who has committed to locally fund fair salaries - Ann Wheeler, Prince William County Chairman, Angry For Supervisor, Andrea Bailey Prince William County Supervisor, Kenny Allen Boddye, and Margaret Angela Franklin for Woodbridge!

03/19/2020
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Loudoun GDC has issued an order today which amends the order it entered on March 16. You may view the order here:
https://mcusercontent.com/a475aa04afd19da9b96662f92/files/37a20d9c-3312-492b-b361-d7bd0f734cce/GDC_Revised_Order_on_COVID_19_March_18_2020.pdf

03/17/2020
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Loudoun GDC order in light of the judicial emergency.https://mcusercontent.com/a475aa04afd19da9b96662f92/files/6e4af507-d2fd-4ead-ba46-8096abb2a192/General_District_Court_Order_in_light_of_COVID_19.pdf

03/16/2020
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Loudoun JDR has issued an updated order in light of the VA Supreme Court order declaring judicial emergency.https://mcusercontent.com/a475aa04afd19da9b96662f92/files/efb3902d-7886-40ba-97ea-c2c2c12682b6/J_DR_revised_order_following_SCt_declaration_of_judicial_emergency.03162020.pdf

03/13/2020
Loudoun County Public Schools

Loudoun schools will be providing breakfast and lunch to students. This is a wonderful thing. Mobile Hope is also a fantastic local charity who have helped several of my clients along their way. Let’s all look out for one another.

https://www.mobilehopeloudoun.org/

Dear LCPS Families and Staff:

Since our announcement this morning ( https://bit.ly/33d1jlq ) that schools are closed through Friday, March 20, we have received questions about many topics that we are continuing to review.

The following updates include information on several items, including the continuation of meal services at our schools, the status of the SAT tests scheduled to occur on Saturday, March 14, educational assignments, the teacher workday, and pick up of personal items.

We will continue to provide more information as it becomes available and encourage you to refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page ( https://www.lcps.org/COVID19 ) for the latest information.

Continuing Meal Service
Loudoun County School Nutrition Services (SNS) is supporting families by continuing to provide meal service in our school communities while schools are closed. SNS staff will serve free breakfast and lunch daily at all schools during the period of school closure.

Meal service will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meals will be available at each school and students will be allowed to receive two meals daily (a breakfast and a lunch) and can choose to take both meals simultaneously. Meals will be distributed outside school buildings in a designated area that will vary from school to school.

Friday’s menu:

Breakfast
General Mills Cereal w/Cheese Stick
Fruit Variety
Fruit Juice
Choice of Milk

Lunch
Breaded Baked Chicken Sandwich OR Yogurt, String Cheese & Bagel OR Sunbutter & Jelly OR Salad
Fruit & Vegetable Variety
Bag of Chips
Choice of Milk

SATs Scheduled for March 14 & 15
Loudoun County Public Schools is postponing the SAT examinations scheduled for Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 15. SAT sites included: Briar Woods, John Champe, Dominion, Freedom, Heritage, Independence, Riverside and Woodgrove high schools. Dates and locations for makeup offerings of the SAT are currently being scheduled by LCPS and the College Board, which administers the test. The College Board will notify students who signed up for the March 14 or 15 test sessions about new locations, dates and times as soon as information is available.

Educational Assignments
LCPS is developing plans for potential distance learning experiences (digital and non-digital) for the purposes of continuity of education. School administration has advised teachers to refrain from making mandatory assignments with deadlines to students. If it becomes necessary to extend the school closures beyond March 20 and begin distance learning, we will provide more details to students, families, and staff regarding expectations.

Teacher Work Day
The teacher workday scheduled for Friday, March 20, will now take place on Wednesday, March 18. All instructional personnel to include teachers, school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, and student assistance specialists will be provided with more detailed information and resources then, and we will provide additional information regarding distance learning if the closure period is extended beyond March 20.

Pick Up of Personal Items
As a reminder, although Loudoun County Public Schools buildings are closed, buildings will be available for short visits tomorrow, March 13, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., to accommodate requests from families, students, and staff members to retrieve medicines, laptops, and other personal belongings. Since buildings are not officially open, visitors must check-in at main offices upon arrival and plan to spend as little time as possible on campus while retrieving essential belongings.

LCPS acknowledges that families are inconvenienced by our decision to close schools and appreciates the understanding many people have expressed. We are working to provide as much information as we can, as quickly as we can, and will continue to update you as more details are available.

Thank you again for your support and understanding.

Eric Williams, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Please join me in supporting the Loudoun County Office of the Public Defender in their request for the full funding of a...
03/06/2020
Loudoun Now

Please join me in supporting the Loudoun County Office of the Public Defender in their request for the full funding of a county salary bump. The local prosecutors receive one, and it is simply a matter of fair play. I'm proud of my time as a Public Defender, and the salary is simply not adequate to retain talented attorneys. While indigent criminal defendants may not be a group many can bring themselves to care about, public defenders fearlessly lay the groundwork to make court more free and fair for every citizen who walks through those doors.

Email the full Board: [email protected]

“Sometimes we are the only voice that our clients have,” said Kelly King, a former public defender—and one of many who had to leave the job because of low pay.

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116 Edwards Ferry Road, Suite P
Leesburg, VA
20176

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Monday 09:00 - 17:30
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:30
Thursday 09:00 - 17:30
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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(703) 777-1349

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