King Downing PLC

King Downing PLC Trial attorneys specializing in criminal defense and general civil litigation - DUI, reckless driving, child custody & support, divorce, and real estate.
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Looking forward to listening to great music and learning more about OAR.
05/23/2017
Fundraiser

Looking forward to listening to great music and learning more about OAR.

Join OAR for a night of inspiration! Surround yourself in the ambiance of a beautiful local winery, relax with the soothing rhythm from a live jazz band, and enjoy a delicious selection of local wines and catered hors d’oeuvres. All the while, you will learn more about OAR and how our mission rebuil...

Professional and courteous, extremely knowledgeable, when they take you on as a client you feel like family. I recommend...
05/11/2017
Reviewed by alan julien, via Google

Professional and courteous, extremely knowledgeable, when they take you on as a client you feel like family. I recommend using the King Downing team with any and all legal issues.

Professional and courteous, extremely knowledgeable, when they take you on as a client you feel like family. I recommend using the King Downing team with any and all legal issues.

I have consulted with Kelly King on dozens of cases over the last 10 years and the reason I do so is because of her thou...
04/14/2017
Reviewed by Robert Bruce, J.D., via Avvo

I have consulted with Kelly King on dozens of cases over the last 10 years and the reason I do so is because of her thoughtful, clear-headed and systematic approach to legal and sentencing issues. The other reviewers point out her customer service strengths - and I have certainly experienced that to be true. But I would also add that having seen Ms. King argue cases to judges, prosecutors and juries, her advocacy has a coherence that only strong, intelligent preparatory work can bring. She is extremely well respected in the Loudoun County legal community and I am thankful for the insight she has brought to my cases. She is a fantastic attorney.

I have consulted with Kelly King on dozens of cases over the last 10 years and the reason I do so is because of her thoughtful, clear-headed and systematic approach to legal and sentencing issues. The other reviewers point out her customer service strengths - and I have certainly experienced that to...

I have had the pleasure of working with and observing Ms. Downing before the Loudoun County courts over the last decade ...
04/04/2017
Reviewed by Robert Bruce, J.D., via Avvo

I have had the pleasure of working with and observing Ms. Downing before the Loudoun County courts over the last decade and she has never ceased to amaze me. She is a ferocious worker for her clients, and attacks problems with an amazing flair and creativity. She is extremely approachable, plain speaking and professional to her clients, and is readily on hand to lend a helping hand and guidance. But in court, she is pure warrior. She has an excellent reputation before the Loudoun County judges, and a hard-won respect from prosecutors and opposing counsel.

I have had the pleasure of working with and observing Ms. Downing before the Loudoun County courts over the last decade and she has never ceased to amaze me. She is a ferocious worker for her clients, and attacks problems with an amazing flair and creativity. She is extremely approachable, plain spe...

08/26/2016
Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

LCSO to Conduct Joint Sobriety Checkpoint with Purcellville Police on August 26
http://go.usa.gov/xDSRR

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a joint sobriety checkpoint with the Purcellville Police Department on Friday, August 26, 2016. The sobriety checkpoint will begin shortly after 10 p.m.

“The joint sobriety checkpoint is a reminder to residents to make the smart choice, don’t drink and drive,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman.

Members of the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary Unit and volunteers from the Loudoun Chapter of MADD will assist with the checkpoint.

07/08/2016
Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

"Tip#5: You are not being treated like a criminal"

LCSO provides helpful hints to drivers when carrying concealed handguns.

Tip #1: Know your local and state laws

The State of Virginia does not require you to inform a law enforcement officer you are carrying a concealed handgun, but we ask that you use your best judgement when you are interacting with police. (Code of Virginia 18.2-308.06)

Tip #2: Hands 10 & 2, Dome light on

The moment a law enforcement officer pulls you over s/he can and will notice any movement inside of your vehicle. We ask that you put your front windows down and remain calm with your hands on the steering wheel in plain sight, until the officer says its ok to reach for your license and registration.

Tip #3: Advise the Officer

Our recommendation is to let the officer know that you have a firearm on your person and its location. A phrase that is commonly used is: “Officer, I want you to know that I have a concealed handgun permit and currently have one on my person. How would you like me to proceed?”

Tip #4: Display Identification, move slow

Let the officer advise you when it is okay to reach for your license and registration. Remember move slow and again, before reaching for your driver’s license and permit, advise the officer of the location of your firearm. We ask that you provide your conceal handgun permit at the same time as your identification.

Tip #5: You are not being treated like a criminal

Remember the officer has no idea who you are and with the nature of the job, there are inherent risks associated with it. It’s better to be safe than sorry and because of this, we feel that the above information is relevant to drivers with concealed handguns and concealed handgun permits.

"The Miranda rights get their name from a case involving Ernesto Arturo Miranda, a laborer whose confession led to his c...
06/22/2016
‘Who’s Miranda?’ Suspect in Kayak Killing Didn’t Understand Her Rights, Lawyer Says

"The Miranda rights get their name from a case involving Ernesto Arturo Miranda, a laborer whose confession led to his conviction for armed robbery, kidnapping and r**e. His appeal resulted in a landmark Supreme Court ruling in 1966 that said suspects must be informed of their right to legal representation and against self-incrimination."

After she had been read her Miranda rights, Angelika Graswald, who is charged with the murder of her fiancé, did not know what those were, her lawyer said.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor writing for the dissent:"Do not be soothed by the opinion’s technical language: This case allo...
06/21/2016
Supreme Court Says Police May Use Evidence Found After Illegal Stops

Justice Sonia Sotomayor writing for the dissent:

"Do not be soothed by the opinion’s technical language: This case allows the police to stop you on the street, demand your identification and check it for outstanding traffic warrants — even if you are doing nothing wrong.

“If the officer discovers a warrant for a fine you forgot to pay,” she continued, “courts will now excuse his illegal stop and will admit into evidence anything he happens to find by searching you after arresting you on the warrant.”

In a fiery dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the decision allowed the discovery of a warrant for a parking ticket to forgive Fourth Amendment violations.

Home buyer beware. "Land contracts are to housing what payday loans are to banking and Rent-A-Centers are to furniture. ...
05/14/2016
Washington Post

Home buyer beware. "Land contracts are to housing what payday loans are to banking and Rent-A-Centers are to furniture. What people in need can't access through credit someone is always willing to provide — for a price."

Fifty years ago, a peculiar type of lending defrauded black homebuyers. Now it’s happening again.

Awesome FOIA victory against the Virginia Department of Education.  This pro se litigant filed a Writ of Mandamus in the...
04/26/2016
Judge Sides with Loudoun Parent Seeking Teachers’ Names, Student Test Scores

Awesome FOIA victory against the Virginia Department of Education. This pro se litigant filed a Writ of Mandamus in the Richmond Circuit Court. Not only did he successfully litigate the case, but he was also awarded $35k for costs. Congrats!

The pleadings are available here:

--https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B5nQmOh4yk4MfjdROUJzaU5ueWpyVDE2TjZLeG1va0l4T0ZsWlE2SDl5N2tzY1AzSGIwZms&usp=sharing

A years-long fight between a Loudoun County parent and the Virginia Department of Education over the release of student performance data has come to an end. A Richmond Circuit Court judge has ruled that VDOE must release Loudoun County Public Schools’ Student Growth Percentile scores by school an

Interesting thoughts on criminal justice reform from a former prosecutor and federal trial judge. "Our system has not on...
04/13/2016
An Exit Interview with a Federal Trial Judge

Interesting thoughts on criminal justice reform from a former prosecutor and federal trial judge.

"Our system has not only lost the transparency that public trials provide, but the plea bargaining, which used to happen against the backdrop of what happens when someone gets convicted at trial, now occurs against a backdrop of excessively severe mandatory minimum sentences and Sentencing Guidelines instead….Mandatory minimum sentencing provisions need to be repealed or restricted; Sentencing Guidelines ranges need to be shortened; we need to foster alternatives to incarceration like drug courts and other problem-solving courts; and we need to devote more resources and effort to reentry programs."

John Gleeson, who stepped down from federal bench in Brooklyn earlier this month, talked to Law Blog about criminal justice, corporate prosecutions and the federal judiciary.

It is astounding that this is the current state of the justice system in South Carolina. http://www.postandcourier.com/a...
04/05/2016
In S.C.’s lowest criminal courts, the poor suffer without attorneys, study by ACLU, lawyers finds

It is astounding that this is the current state of the justice system in South Carolina.

http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20160403/PC16/160409926

Poor defendants in South Carolina are sometimes put on trial without the attorneys they need in the state’s lowest criminal courts, where jail sentences can be short but have long-lasting consequences, legal advocates said in a new study.

Thankfully, Apple has some safeguards beyond biometric authentication, i.e. touch ID required after reboot or 48 hours.
03/31/2016
Medvin Law

Thankfully, Apple has some safeguards beyond biometric authentication, i.e. touch ID required after reboot or 48 hours.

I was interviewed by Forbes again. Apparently, the Fifth Amendment right against COMPELLED self-incrimination is almost dead and I was the only one interviewed who didn't believe this legal issue wasn't settled yet. I'll never be sorry to fight for this. I'm a Constitutionalist. I'll keep fighting.

Interesting turn of events in this storied Prince William murder case. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp...
03/30/2016
Justin Wolfe admits role in drug dealer’s slaying, enters guilty plea after stint on death row

Interesting turn of events in this storied Prince William murder case.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2016/03/29/justin-wolfe-admits-role-in-drug-dealers-slaying-enters-guilty-plea-after-stint-on-death-row/

Young drug dealer's death sentence had been overturned, but facing new trial he writes stunning admission: "I am responsible for Danny's death even though I didn't pull the trigger."

It sounds like Apple products may be a safer bet for people who enjoy their privacy since apparently the FBI can't manag...
02/18/2016
Apple Opposes Judge's Order To Help FBI Unlock San Bernardino Shooter's Phone

It sounds like Apple products may be a safer bet for people who enjoy their privacy since apparently the FBI can't manage to break into iPhones. This article seems to suggest that maybe (just maybe) the NSA or CIA can find a way into that pesky iPhone.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/02/17/467035863/judge-orders-apple-to-help-investigators-unlock-california-shooters-phone?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20160217

Apple has said it can't access data on its phones running iOS 8 or higher — and doesn't intend to try.

"It will not do to note that 99 percent of the time the police mediate conflicts without killing people anymore than it ...
01/05/2016
The Paranoid Style of American Policing

"It will not do to note that 99 percent of the time the police mediate conflicts without killing people anymore than it will do for a restaurant to note that 99 percent of the time rats don’t run through the dining room. Nor will it do to point out that most black citizens are killed by other black citizens, not police officers, anymore than it will do to point out that most American citizens are killed by other American citizens, not terrorists. If officers cannot be expected to act any better than ordinary citizens, why call them in the first place? Why invest them with any more power?"

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/12/illegitimacy-and-american-policing/422094/

When officers take the lives of those they are sworn to protect and serve, they undermine their own legitimacy.

"There are more than 85 prisoners with mental illnesses in Virginia jails waiting for state hospital beds. The average w...
12/27/2015
Virginia’s mental-health merry-go-round

"There are more than 85 prisoners with mental illnesses in Virginia jails waiting for state hospital beds. The average wait is 73 days."

The closure of two state psychiatric hospitals is looming.

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