Marina Medvin

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Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Alexandria, VA

Medvin Law Firm
916 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 888-886-4127
Fax: 703-870-3300
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2009
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense (60%), Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%), Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%)
Languages Spoken: English, Russian
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Professional Background

MEDVIN LAW is a Northern Virginia boutique law firm that is dedicated exclusively to criminal defense, white collar crimes, and DWI defense in Federal and Virginia state courts.

Attorney Marina Medvin, founder of MEDVIN LAW, is a highly sought-after and nationally recognized criminal trial lawyer. She has defended FBI's 10 Most Wanted, WikiLeaks and Anonymous hacker activists, Capitol patriots, CEOs, politicians, celebrities, professional athletes, lawyers, prosecutors, police officers, senior military officers, and litigated various other high-profile cases.

Ms. Medvin is an experienced litigator and has represented clients in the full spectrum of Virginia State and Federal prosecutions, including Murder, Cyber Crime, White Collar Crime, and DWI. For a list of Marina Medvin's practice areas, please click here. Attorney Medvin has been described as dauntless, assertive, innovative, and client-dedicated. She is known as a sharp advocate for her clients. 

Marina Medvin has been recognized as one of Washington's Best Lawyers by Washingtonian Magazine,Top Lawyer byNorthern Virginia Magazine, honored in the Washington Post's annual list of Top Attorneys in Washington DC, recognized by Richmond Magazine as one of the Top Attorneys in Virginia, selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America for superior litigation accomplishments, honored by Super Lawyers, profiled as a Leading Attorney in Town & Country Magazine, selected to the list of Top 100 Trial lawyers by the The National Trial Lawyers, received a 10.0 Superb Rating from AVVO, and maintains 5/5 star client ratings throughout the various online attorney reviews sites, amongst other distinctions.

Ms. Medvin's legal analysis has been featured by national television and print media, to include ForbesBBC News, The Washington Post, ABC News, The Huffington Post, Yahoo! News, Vocative, TechWorm, International Business Times, Gizmodo.

Ms. Medvin is also an author and writer. She is a co-author of Defense of Serious Traffic Cases in Virginia, a Virginia practice guide that is taught to Virginia judges and lawyers as continuing legal education. She is a senior columnist at TownHall, a contributor at Forbes, and an op-ed writer as seen in Washington Examiner.

Ms. Medvin remains a caring and trustworthy attorney, strictly limiting her intake of new clients to those whom she believes she can provide with sufficient personal time and attention. She believes that thoroughly dedicating herself to each of her cases is the best way to offer criminal defense services and is fundamental to her success in court.

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Excellence in Representation through Uniquely Dedicated Defense

When she opened her own law firm, attorney Marina Medvin decided to provide defense services differently. Having worked at other law firms and having seen the complaints that clients commonly had with their representation, she decided to create a law firm that was structured to eliminate most of these issues.

  • Marina Medvin wanted to make herself completely available to her clients. Ms. Medvin answers most of the incoming calls to her office and is frequently emailing and texting with her clients. The MEDVIN LAW paralegal and assistants have minimum contact with our clients. Ms. Medvin handles almost all of the client questions and issues personally.
  • She wanted to make sure that she provided each client with her undivided attention while in court, so Marina represents one client at a time while in court, almost never having multiple appearances scheduled for the same day.
  • Ms. Medvin does not spread her practice across the span of all Virginia jurisdictions and instead concentrates on the State and Federal courthouses in Alexandria, Fairfax, Arlington, and Falls Church. As such, she is particularly well-familiarized with the Northern Virginia State and Federal prosecutors, judges, and procedures.
  • Ms. Medvin does not spread her practice across various other legal fields, instead concentrating exclusively on criminal defense. (Her life's art and passion is criminal defense. She thanks her lucky stars every day of her life to be able to do what she loves.)

Ms. Medvin has been an advocate for justice, the Constitution, and human rights since her childhood in New York City. She has always been passionate about justice and has always been an advocate those who cannot defend themselves.


Personal and Educational Background

For her Bachelors of Science degree, Marina attended Penn State University, from which she graduated in the top 10% of her class with a Bachelors of Science in Information Sciences and Technology. Marina enthusiastically obtained her Juris Doctorate degree in Arlington, Virginia at the George Mason University School of Law, where she also served as a legal publications editor for the Journal of Law, Economics, and Policy.

Marina is an admirer of travel and languages, has visited numerous parts of the world, and is fluent in Russian (having studied it in both high school and college).

As an avid believer in individual freedoms and fundamental rights, Ms. Medvin is actively engaged in upholding Constitutional principals. Marina has already litigated issues pertaining to the 2nd Amendment, 4th Amendment, 5th Amendment, 6th Amendment, 8th Amendment, and 9th Amendment. She is always seeking new cases and opportunities to engage in Constitutional litigation and appeals. Marina Medvin enthusiastically supports Institute for JusticeCato InstituteThe National Rifle Association, and Ayn Rand Institute.


Top Rated Criminal Defense & DUI Attorney for Alexandria, Fairfax, and Arlington Virginia

  • Washingtonian Magazine Top Lawyer designation: Washington, DC’s Best Lawyers List, category: Criminal Defense. 
  • Selected to the exclusive list of "Top Lawyers" by Northern Virginia Magazine for Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Defense. Ms. Medvin was selected for these categories by Northern Virginia attorneys, who were asked the question: "Who would you want to represent you in you were ever charged with a crime?"
  • Selected to the prestigious list of Washington DC Super Lawyers and Virginia Super Lawyers, and when younger, was one of only 2.5% of lawyers selected by Super Lawyers to their prestigious list of Rising Stars in Virginia and Washington DC.
  • As seen in The Washington Post Super Lawyers Annual List of Top Attorneys in Washington, D.C."
  • Prestigiously honored for her criminal defense work as one of the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" by the National Trial Lawyers  as one of "America's Top Trial Lawyers."
  • MEDVIN LAW has been selected to the list of "Best Lawyers and Law Firms in America - Criminal Defense" by the Best Lawyers in America Organization.
  • AVVO Rating 10.0, highest achievement rating, in each category of Criminal Defense, Federal Crime, DUI, and Juvenile Defense.
  • Selected to the 2014 Leaders in Law profiles in Town & Country Magazine.
  • AVVO "Client's Choice" designation in each category of Criminal Defense, Federal Crime, DUI, and Juvenile Defense.
  • Top Rated Attorney in Virginia for 4 straight years on the public consumer reviews site
  • Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction designation for maintaining a 5-Star client rating on and on
  • Maintains Client Rating of 5 Stars on the public attorney reviews site AVVO.
  • Prestigiously honored for her criminal defense work as one of the"Top 40 Under 40" by the National Trial Lawyers.
  • Selected for the list of "Top Lawyers" by The Global Directory Of Who's Who.
  • Numerous other professional awards and accolades.

State and Federal Practice Admissions



Washington, D.C.


U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia EDVA

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia WDVA

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas


Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia

Practice Areas
  • 60%Criminal Defense
  • 30%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 10%Criminal Defense: White Collar
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Prosecution, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal


2 Years Super Lawyers
5 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
  • Rising Stars: 2015 - 2019

About Marina Medvin

Admitted: 2009, Virginia

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Representative Clients

  • Ms. Medvin is a highly sought-after and nationally recognized criminal trial attorney. She has defended FBI's 10 Most Wanted, CEOs, Anonymous "hactivists," politicians, celebrities, professional athletes, lawyers, prosecutors, police officers, senior military officers, and local high-profile cases. She is revered as a dauntless, assertive, innovative, and client-dedicated advocate.

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Washington
  • Alexandria Bar Association
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Selected to the Trial Lawyer Honor Society Litigation Counsel of America 
  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • District of Columbia

Educational Background

  • Pennsylvania State University, B.S., Information Sciences and Technology, With Honors



  • Washingtonian Magazine: Top Lawyer listed on Washington, DC’s Best Lawyers List in the category of Criminal Defense, Top Lawyer, Washingtonian Magazine, 2017
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, Super Lawyers
  • Leading Attorney, Town & Country Magazine
  • 5/5 Star Client Ratings
  • Client's Choice, AVVO
  • Client Distinction,
  • Top Laywer selection by fellow lawyers in the community. Local attorneys were asked: who would you hire if you needed a lawyer for yourself or a family member?, Top Lawyers, Northern Virginia Magazine, 2016
  • Annual List of Top Attorneys in Washington DC, Washington Post
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers
  • America's Top Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers
  • Top Rated Attorney in Virginia,
  • Top Lawyers, The Global Directory of Who's Who
  • Trial Lawyer Honor Society, Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2016
  • Top Lawyer, Northern Virginia Magazine
  • Top Attorneys in Virginia, Richmond Magazine
  • 10.0 Superb Rating, AVVO
  • Best Lawyers and Law Firms in America - Criminal Defense, Best Lawyers in America
  • Client Distinction, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • The defense of serious traffic offenses is an extremely complex area of law in Virginia where constitutional protections for an individual conflict almost inevitably with the right of the general public to be protected from unsafe drivers. Because of the reliance on scientific evidence to prove different aspects of these cases, attorneys working in this area must be well-versed not just in the law but in the specialized body of knowledge that supports these methods of proof. These cases involve criminal sanctions and the potential for loss of license that can significantly affect a client’s life. Whether the case depends on field sobriety testing or chemical analysis of the arrested driver’s breath or blood sample, or when speed-measuring devices are used, Defense of Serious Traffic Cases in Virginia is a resource for both the new and the seasoned practitioner in preparing for cross-examination of both police officers and the Commonwealth’s scientific experts. There are many issues that can arise in the trial of a serious traffic offense. These are just a few examples of topics that have been updated in the 2018 edition: New statutory changes that create separate punishments schemes depending on whether refusal was for a breath or blood-test The possibility of allowing offenders to substitute community service for fines and costs to ensure that their driving privileges are not  suspended New provisions that control the restricted license of a driver who is required to use ignition interlock after DUI conviction Significant changes to the separate statutes that control DUI and refusal charges for commercial licensees   Marina Medvin, Medvin Law PLC / Alexandria Marina Medvin, co-author of Chapters 1 and 7, is an energetic trial lawyer. She focuses entirely on criminal defense and has litigated a variety of criminal cases, spanning the gamut from murder to reckless driving. Some of her most noteworthy cases include an FBI 10 Most Wanted fugitive, a WikiLeaks contributor, and an Anonymous hacktivist. Ms. Medvin’s criminal defense work has been recognized by The Washingtonian (Best Lawyers), Northern Virginia Magazine (Top Lawyers), and Virginia Super Lawyers (Rising Stars). Ms. Medvin is also a senior columnist at Townhall and an op-ed writer for various national publications. She graduated with honors from The Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Information Sciences and Technology, and she obtained her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law.   CHAPTER LIST CHAPTER 1: SUBSTANTIVE LAW1.1 OVERVIEW     1.101 Types of Offenses    1.102 Uniform Demerit Point System    1.103 Jurisdiction    1.104 Collateral Consequences1.2 SERIOUS TRAFFIC OFFENSES NOT BASED ONINTOXICATION     1.201 Reckless Driving    1.202 Aggressive Driving    1.203 Attempt to Elude an Officer    1.204 Hit-and-Run    1.205 Unlicensed Driving    1.206 Driving a Commercial Vehicle While Disqualified1.3 INTOXICATION-RELATED OFFENSES     1.301 Driving While Intoxicated    1.302 Underage Driving After Illegal Alcohol Consumption    1.303 Commercial Licensees Operating Under the Influence    1.304 DUI-Related Manslaughter    1.305 DUI-Related Serious Bodily Injury CHAPTER 2: PROCEDURE2.1 OVERVIEW     2.101 Sources of Law    2.102 Review of Arrest for Compliance with Statutes2.2 PROCEDURE AT THE SCENE     2.201 Officer in Uniform    2.202 Radar and Other Technology    2.203 Preliminary Breath Test    2.3 PROCEDURE AFTER ARREST     2.301 Misdemeanor Arrest Statute    2.302 Venue    2.303 Implied Consent    2.304 Testing for Drugs and Alcohol    2.305 Pretrial Suspension of License    2.306 Disposition of Arrested Driver’s Vehicle    2.307 Bail2.4 PRETRIAL MOTIONS     2.401 Motion for Bill of Particulars    2.402 Motion for Discovery    2.403 Motion to Suppress    2.404 Request for Certificate of Analysis    2.405 Motion Challenging Constitutionality of Statute    2.406 Speedy Trial and Double Jeopardy2.5 PROCEDURES AT TRIAL     2.501 Misdemeanors    2.502 Felonies    2.503 Exclusion of Witnesses    2.504 Motions in Limine2.6 EVIDENCE     2.601 Generally    2.602 DUI and License Suspension Cases    2.603 Calibrations of Speed-Measuring Equipment    2.604 Preliminary Breath Test    2.605 Admissibility of Certificates of Analysis    2.606 Admissibility of Evidence at Sentencing2.7 STATUTORY PRESUMPTION OF INTOXICATION     2.701 Definition    2.702 Commercial Licensees2.8 STATUTORY DEFENSES     2.801 Officer Not in Uniform    2.802 Reasonable Refusal    2.803 Speedy Trial    2.804 Crash Reports Not Admissible    2.9 POST-TRIAL CONSIDERATIONS     2.901 Effect of Conviction on Other Charges    2.902 Effect of Dismissal    2.903 Forfeiture of Vehicle    2.904 Reopening the Case After Conviction2.10 APPEALS OF MISDEMEANOR CONVICTIONS APPENDIX 2-1: DECLARATION AND ACKNOWLEDGMENT OFREFUSAL—BREATH/BLOOD TEST APPENDIX 2-2: NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE SUSPENSION OFDRIVER’S LICENSE/DRIVING PRIVILEGE APPENDIX 2-3: MOTION FOR REVIEW OF ADMINISTRATIVESUSPENSION OF DRIVER’S LICENSE/DRIVINGPRIVILEGE APPENDIX 2-4: REQUEST FOR COPY OF CERTIFICATE OFANALYSIS APPENDIX 2-5: OBJECTION TO ADMISSION OF CERTIFICATEOF ANALYSIS/VIDEO TESTIMONY CHAPTER 3: STOPS, ARRESTS, AND SEARCHES3.1 INTRODUCTION 3.2 STOPS    3.201 Detention of a Citizen by a Police Officer    3.202 Not All Encounters Are Stops    3.203 Stop Includes a Show of Police Authority    3.204 Articulable Suspicion to Stop    3.205 Random Stops Unconstitutional    3.206 Scope of Traffic Stop    3.207 Examples of Unlawful Stops    3.208 Examples of Lawful Stops    3.209 Sources of Articulable Suspicion to Stop    3.210 Stops Pursuant to Community Caretaker Role    3.211 Roadblocks    3.212 Avoiding a Roadblock    3.213 Pretextual Stops    3.214 Scope of Stop    3.215 “Fruits” of Unlawful Stop3.3 ARRESTS     3.301 Definition    3.302 Probable Cause for Arrest    3.303 Probable Cause in DUI Cases    3.304 Arrest Valid Under Virginia Law    3.305 Where the Arrest Occurs    3.306 Remedy if Arrest Is Illegal or Unconstitutional    3.307 Admissibility of Tests    3.308 Refusal to Take a Blood or Breath Test3.4 MIRANDA ISSUES     3.401 Prearrest “Custody”     3.402 Facts and Circumstances    3.403 Investigative Detentions    3.404 Postarrest3.5 SEARCHES     3.501 Introduction    3.502 Blood Alcohol Searches    3.503 Searches Incident to Traffic ArrestsAPPENDIX 3-1: MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF SUPPRESSIONOF EVIDENCE APPENDIX 3-2: RESPONSE TO MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OFSUPPRESSION OF EVIDENCE APPENDIX 3-3: MOTION TO SUPPRESS EVIDENCE FORILLEGAL STOP CHAPTER 4: BEGINNING THE REPRESENTATION4.1 OVERVIEW OF TRAFFIC REPRESENTATIONS     4.101 In General    4.102 Review of Statutes and Case Law4.2 INITIAL CLIENT CONTACTS     4.201 First Contact    4.202 Before the Meeting.     4.203 First Meeting Agenda    4.204 Should the Client Testify?     4.205 Recommendations for Client Action    4.206 Issues When the Client Is Incarcerated4.3 REVIEW OF THE COMMONWEALTH’S EVIDENCE     4.301 Police Reports    4.302 Scene of the Incident4.4 LAY WITNESSES     4.401 Pretrial Interviews Generally    4.402 Interviewing the Client    4.403 Interviewing Other Lay Witnesses4.5 POLICE WITNESSES     4.501 In General    4.502 Interview of Arresting Officer4.6 CONTACT WITH THE COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY     4.601 Overview    4.602 Subsequent Meeting with Client    4.603 Negotiated OutcomesAPPENDIX 4-1: MOTION FOR CONTINUANCE APPENDIX 4-2: ORDER FOR CONTINUANCE APPENDIX 4-3: CLIENT INTAKE AND INTERVIEW FORMS APPENDIX 4-4: MOTION FOR TRANSMISSION OF BLOODSAMPLE APPENDIX 4-5: SAMPLE LETTER TRANSMITTING FEEAGREEMENT APPENDIX 4-6: SAMPLE FEE AGREEMENT FORM CHAPTER 5: TRIAL PREPARATION: STRATEGY AND TACTICS5.1 PREPARATION AFTER THE FACTUAL INQUIRY     5.101 In General    5.102 Information from the Client5.2 PRETRIAL HEARINGS     5.201 In General    5.202 Bond Hearings    5.203 Pretrial Suspension Hearing    5.204 Pretrial Hearing on Impoundment of Vehicle    5.205 Suppression Hearings5.3 THE DISCOVERY PROCESS     5.301 In General    5.302 Factors Against Filing Discovery    5.303 Discovery in General District Court    5.304 Discovery in Circuit Court5.4 OBTAINING AND REVIEWING DOCUMENTS     5.401 In General    5.402 Virginia Uniform Summons or Warrant    5.403 Certificate of Blood Alcohol Analysis    5.404 Witness Requests and Returns of Service    5.405 Criminal Complaint    5.406 Documentation of Prior Convictions    5.407 Certificate of Refusal    5.408 Warrant or Summons    5.409 Certificates of Calibration5.5 TRIAL STRATEGY AND TACTICS     5.501 Case Evaluation    5.502 Admissibility of Evidence or Statements    5.503 Scientific Evidence    5.504 Focus on the Issues    5.505 The Judge    5.506 Should the Client Testify?     5.507 Expert Witness5.6 JURY TRIAL OR BENCH TRIAL     5.601 In General    5.602 Factors to Consider    5.603 Constitutionality of the DUI Statute5.7 EVIDENCE     5.701 Admissibility    5.702 Stipulations5.8 CROSS-EXAMINATION     5.801 In General    5.802 Purpose    5.803 Opportunities at Trial    5.804 Resources5.9 DEFENSES USING THE STATUTORY FRAMEWORK     5.901 In General    5.902 Driving While Intoxicated Defense    5.903 Inference of Intoxication    5.904 Driving or Operating a Vehicle    5.905 Driving After Illegal Consumption    5.906 Commercial Operator DWI    5.907 Refusal    5.908 Local Ordinances    5.10 DECISION TO APPEAL 5.11 POST-TRIAL     5.1101 The Confirming Letter    5.1102 Closing the FileAPPENDIX 5-1: CHECKLIST FOR BAIL DETERMINATIONS APPENDIX 5-2: IMPOUNDMENT NOTICE APPENDIX 5-3: MOTION TO SUPPRESS APPENDIX 5-4: MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF MOTION TOSUPPRESS APPENDIX 5-5: NOTICE AND MOTION FOR DISCOVERY APPENDIX 5-6: ORDER FOR DISCOVERY APPENDIX 5-7: DEFENDANT’S MOTION TO COMPELDISCOVERY APPENDIX 5-8: MOTION FOR BILL OF PARTICULARS(GENERAL DISTRICT COURT) APPENDIX 5-9: MOTION FOR BILL OF PARTICULARS (CIRCUITCOURT) APPENDIX 5-10: OBJECTION TO INTRODUCTION OFCERTIFICATE OF ANALYSIS APPENDIX 5-11: SAMPLE CLOSING LETTER (LONG FORM) APPENDIX 5-12: SAMPLE CLOSING LETTER (SHORT FORM) CHAPTER 6: TECHNICAL DEFENSES IN SPEED-RELATEDCASES6.1 OVERVIEW    6.101 Radar Technology    6.102 Additional Resources    6.2 MICROWAVE RADAR TECHNOLOGY     6.201 How It Works    6.202 Flaws in the Technology    6.203 Interference    6.204 Short Transmit Time (Pulsed)    6.205 Operator Error6.3 LASER RADAR TECHNOLOGY     6.301 How It Works    6.302 Flaws in the Technology    6.303 Operator Error6.4 OTHER SPEED MEASURING SYSTEMS     6.401 In General    6.402 Pacing (Patrol Vehicle Speedometer)    6.403 Manual Timing Systems6.5 USE OF EXPERTS CHAPTER 7: TECHNICAL DEFENSES IN INTOXICATION CASES7.1 BREATH AND BLOOD ANALYSIS     7.101 In General    7.102 Background7.2 FIELD SOBRIETY TESTING     7.201 Background    7.202 Early Research in the Laboratory Setting    7.203 Tests by Law Enforcement in the Field    7.204 Development of the Modern Standards7.3 DEVELOPING A DEFENSE     7.301 Nature of Officer Training    7.302 Most Common Field Sobriety Tests    7.303 Questioning the Tests    7.304 Blanket Evidentiary Objection    7.305 Totality of Circumstance    7.306 One-Leg Stand Test    7.307 Walk and Turn Test    7.308 Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test    7.309 Unsanctioned Field Tests    7.310 Refusal of Field Sobriety Tests7.4 THE PRELIMINARY BREATH TEST     7.401 Use Governed by Statutory and Administrative Law    7.402 Admission at Pretrial Hearings7.5 THE INTOX EC/IR II     7.501 Statutory Regulation of the Breath Test    7.502 Scientific Principles    7.503 Operating Procedures    7.504 Flaws in the Analysis    7.505 Mouth Alcohol Interference    7.506 Simulation Test Issues    7.507 Compliance Issues7.6 BLOOD TESTS     7.601 When Blood Tests Are Used    7.602 Statutory Compliance Issues    7.603 Hospital Blood Tests    7.604 Practice Concerns    7.605 Refusal of TestsAPPENDIX 7-1: BLOOD AND BREATH ALCOHOL AND THE LAW APPENDIX 7-2: UNDERSTANDING STANDARDIZED FIELDSOBRIETY TESTING APPENDIX 7-3: SAMPLE LETTER TO DEPARTMENT OFFORENSIC SCIENCE CHAPTER 8: SENTENCING AND ADMINISTRATIVESANCTIONS8.1 PREPARATION OF THE CLIENT     8.101 In General    8.102 Client’s Goals    8.103 Factual Problems    8.104 Pretrial Alcohol Evaluation    8.105 Other Pretrial Preparations    8.106 Client “Homework”     8.107 Possibility of Jail Time8.2 NEGOTIATION PROCESS     8.201 In General    8.202 Immigration Issues    8.203 Reasons for Prosecutor to Deviate    8.204 Prior Offense Documentation    8.205 Focus on Client8.3 PUNISHMENTS     8.301 Driving While Intoxicated    8.302 Refusal to Submit to Tests    8.303 Leaving the Scene of an Accident    8.304 Eluding Law Enforcement Officers    8.305 Driving After Being Adjudicated a Habitual Offender    8.306 Driving with a Suspended or Revoked License    8.307 Driving When License Restoration Is Contingent on    Proof of Financial Responsibility    8.308 Driving After Forfeiture of License    8.309 License Revocation for Multiple Convictions Under    Section 46.2-391(D)    8.310 Aggressive Driving    8.311 Reckless Driving8.4 ALTERNATIVE SENTENCING OPTIONS FOR FELONYCONVICTIONS     8.401 Probation Under Supervision in Community    8.402 Intensive Probation Supervision    8.403 Home/Electronic Monitoring    8.404 Day Reporting Centers    8.405 Boot Camp Incarceration Program    8.406 Diversion Center Incarceration Program    8.407 Detention Center Incarceration Program    8.408 Serving Jail Time on Weekends8.5 ADMINISTRATIVE SANCTIONS     8.501 Overview    8.502 When the Revocation Period Begins8.6 RAPID POINT ACCUMULATORS     8.601 The Uniform Demerit Point System    8.602 Driver Improvement Clinics    8.603 Adult Drivers    8.604 Juvenile Drivers    8.605 DMV Intervention    8.606 Suspension for Excessive Point Accumulation8.7 ADMINISTRATIVE LOSS OF LICENSE     8.701 Administrative Pretrial Suspension for DUI and    Refusal    8.702 Required Revocations    8.703 Suspension for Failure to Pay Costs and Fines    8.704 Failure to Pay Motor Vehicle-Related Judgment    8.705 Administrative Suspension for Serious Offenses    8.706 Restoration of Habitual Offender’s License    8.707 Reinstatement Procedures8.8 ADMINISTRATIVE IMPOUNDMENT OR IMMOBILIZATIONOF A VEHICLE     8.801 Impoundment upon Arrest for Driving After    Suspension or Revocation    8.802 Impoundment After Conviction8.9 DISQUALIFICATION OF COMMERCIAL LICENSEES     8.901 In General    8.902 Disqualification for Multiple Offenses    8.903 Disqualification for Felony Drug Convictions    8.904 Requirements upon Disqualification    8.905 Reinstatement of Commercial License8.10 ADMINISTRATIVE APPEALS     8.1001 Appeals of Nonmandatory Actions    8.1002 No Appeals from Mandatory Actions in Most CasesAPPENDIX 8-1: PENALTIES FOR DUI OFFENSES APPENDIX 8-2: PETITION FOR RESTORATION OF DRIVINGPRIVILEGE—THIRD OFFENSE APPENDIX 8-3: PETITION FOR RESTORATION OF DRIVINGPRIVILEGE—HABITUAL OFFENDER     , Author, Defense of Serious Traffic Cases in Virginia, Virginia CLE, Criminal Law, Virginia Bar, Virginia CLE, Traffic Defense, 2018
  • Vehicle black box data is starting to be used more commonly in court against drivers, but drivers are demanding that police use warrants to access the arguably private data., Author, Your Vehicle Black Box: A 'Witness' Against You In Court, FORBES, 2019
  • Modern technologies can now detect and analyze DNA from samples comprised of only 16 cells. But due to the touch-transfer properties of DNA, determining how those cells reached the surface on which they were found is impossible. Tiny amounts of touch-transferred DNA have placed people at locations they had never visited and implicated people for crimes they did not commit.   , Author, Framed By Your Own Cells: How DNA Evidence Imprisons The Innocent, FORBES, 2018

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  • “ Marina Medvin has defended FBI's 10 Most Wanted, CEOs, Anonymous activists, celebrities, lawyers, prosecutors, police officers, senior military officers, and local high-profile cases. The National Trial Lawyers honored her as “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” and “Top 40 Under 40,” and AVVO rated Ms. Medvin 10/10. Peers and clients endorse her as assertive, fearless and meticulous.”
  • “ Marina is a tenacious attorney whop gets hired on very hard, complex cases for her age. She is excellent in court and wins the confidence of clients far older than her.”
  • “ Creative, steadfast and energetic - very effective”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for Marina Medvin

916 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone: 888-886-4127

Fax: 703-870-3300

Last Updated: 6/19/2021

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