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The 3 Most Common Legal Mistakes Costing Companies Millions

By Simms Showers LLP |

By Kyle D. Winey, Esq. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says there are two types of decisions every entrepreneur and business owner must make: Type I decisions: a decision that is not easily reversible, so it requires careful planning and execution. Type II decisions: a decision that is like walking through a door: if you… Read More »


By Simms Showers LLP |

FEBRUARY 24, 2017 Our firm represents a customer who visited the Anita’s Mexican Restaurant in Ashburn on January 7, 2017.  Our client and his girlfriend were served by Kelly Carter, an employee at Anita’s, and paid for their meal and left at 11:09am EST.  Although Ms. Carter provided what our client believed to be… Read More »


The Legal Powers of Private Security Guards in Virginia

By Simms Showers LLP |

In Virginia, security guards are given more power than in many other states. In the wake of a recent fatal shooting by an armed security guard, in which the officer killed an unarmed 60-year-old man who was simply playing Pokemon Go, it is more important than ever to understand the powers and limitations of… Read More »


Probation Violations

By Simms Showers LLP |

Were you given a probation sentence as opposed to serving your sentence, or the remainder of your sentence, in prison or jail? If so, there are certain steps you must closely follow in order to maintain your freedom and avoid probation violation. Contact an attorney today for more information and for legal representation if… Read More »

Estate Planning: Why Do I Need a Will?

By Simms Showers LLP |

By Elyse M. Smith, Esq.   Everyone needs an estate plan. Certainly, not everyone needs the complicated tax sheltering vehicles some have, but everyone needs these basic estate planning documents: (1) a will; (2) a power of attorney; and (3) an advance medical directive (“living will”). Too often, people dismiss estate planning as something… Read More »


False Confessions

By Simms Showers LLP |

In crime or detective type TV dramas, the prosecution always seeks a confession of guilt, and usually gets one from the alleged criminal by the end of each 45 minute episode. A confession is seen as a neat and tidy way of having concrete evidence that the defendant was truly guilty of the crime…. Read More »


Penalties for Crimes of Violence When Victims are Minors

By Simms Showers LLP |

All crimes are not treated equally in the state of Virginia or anywhere else. For instance, a defendant that commits the same crime as another may face a biased jury and be sentenced to years behind bars, whereas another defendant in this situation may be let off with probation and a fine. One example… Read More »


Virginia Law to Fine Slow Drivers?

By Simms Showers LLP |

We all know about speeding violations, careless driving, and reckless driving behaviors in Virginia. These actions are unlawful because they are unsafe and put everyone’s lives at risk. But is it dangerous to drive too slow? Slow drivers are normally seen as being cautious and prudent. However, a new Virginia bill that could potentially… Read More »

“The Most Dangerous Phishing Scam” Is Causing Organizations to Lose Billions

By Simms Showers LLP |

By Kyle Winey, Esq. and Robert Showers, Esq. “This is one of the most dangerous email phishing scams we’ve seen in a long time,” says IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, referring to the latest surge of W-2 phishing attacks. Unfortunately, according to the IRS, it is impacting churches, nonprofits and for-profits alike as well as… Read More »


Virginia Hate Crimes Criminal Defense

By Simms Showers LLP |

Hate crimes have seen a large spike over the last year during the presidential campaign, with an even larger spike after the election, according to the Independent. A hate crime is defined in Virginia § 52-8.5 as committing a crime against a person because of a protected trait. A hate crime is committed when… Read More »

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