Medvin Law

Award-Winning Criminal Defense & DUI Attorney

Marina Medvin dedicates her law practice exclusively to criminal defense in Northern Virginia Federal and State courts, serving clients facing felony and misdemeanor charges in Alexandria, Fairfax, Arlington and Falls Church. We are located in Old Town Alexandria at 916 Prince Street. Our satellite office is located in Old Town Fairfax at 10560 Main Street, Suite 510. Ms. Medvin's reputation as a fearless, assertive, and dedicated trial attorney has grown her clientele list to include FBI's 10 Most Wanted, CEOs, Anonymous "hactivists," celebrities, lawyers, prosecutors, police officers, senior military officers, and local high-profile cases. Marina is highly sought-after and nationally recognized as a criminal trial attorney. She has been recognized as a "Top Lawyer" by Northern Virginia Magazine, honored by Super Lawyers as a "Super Lawyers Rising Star," 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 many other awards and accolades. Ms. Medvin has also been interviewed numerous times by television and print media, including ABC News and The Washington Post, regarding her publicized cased and also in search of her professional opinion on legal issues affecting Virginia. 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's pre-MEDVINLAW resume encompasses positions with the Department of Justice, the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in Alexandria, the National Rifle Association of America, a high-profile Fairfax criminal defense law firm, the Hudgins Law Firm, the Law Office of George Munoz, the George Mason Clinic for Legal Assistance to Service Members, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Verizon Wireless. While working as a defense attorney, Marina has also volunteered with the local police department, assisting with training and education of police officers on issues of use of force. She has even provided private assistance to individual officers with a variety of legal issues and with personal development. 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 Justice, Cato Institute, The National Rifle Association, and Ayn Rand Institute.

Speeders busted for wild rides during COVID-19 pandemic in Northern Virginia

Speeding laws have not been suspended. And cops are still working. I don’t know why people are under the impression that traffic laws are on hold. State and local law enforcement are warning speeders to slow down.

Virginia State Police

Yes, that’s a summons for 124 mph in a 55 mph zone issued by #VSP Trooper Noyes today on I95 in #Fairfax County #Virginia. An open road is NOT an open invitation to speed. Since March 13 (Gov's State of Emergency) thru April 22, speed-related fatalities on Virginia highways make up 47% of fatal crashes. #SpeedKills #Drive2SaveLives Public Safety Virginia

Supreme Court Will Soon Decide Whether To Reconsider Qualified Immunity

This will be interesting - For the last several years, Cato has been leading the campaign to abolish qualified immunity, a judicial doctrine that shields state officials from liability, even when they violate people’s constitutional rights. Soon we will know whether the Supreme Court is prepared to confront one of the most ...

Female inmate is Virginia prisons' first coronavirus death The death of a female inmate assigned to a central Virginia prison is the first fatality in a state prison linked to the new coronavirus, authorities said Tuesday. The Virginia Department of Corrections said a 49-year-old woman, an inmate at the Virginia Correctional Center for Women in Goochland, d...

The Most Gullible Prison Guard Ever - Key & Peele


A prisoner plays mind games with the easily manipulated guard who’s been placed in charge of him. About Key & Peele: Key & Peele showcases the fearless wit o...

Justice in America Episode 27: Junk Forensic Science

Listen close. Josie Duffy Rice and guest co-host Zak Cheney Rice talk with Radley Balko, opinion journalist at the Washington Post and author of The Cadaver and the Country Dentist, about faulty forensic science.

Alexandria Courthouse Shutdown Puts Thousands of Cases on Backburner The Alexandria Courthouse is nearly empty as Commonwealth's Attorney Bryan Porter leads a skeleton crew through the COVID-19 pandemic. All jury trials have stopped, multitudes of cases have been continued between 30 and 60 days, and the clerk's office is doing business by appointment only. In fac

Title 18.2. Crimes and Offenses Generally

Masks worn in public for public health concerns or after a declaration of an emergency is an exemption from Virginia’s face mask felony law. Table of Contents » Title 18.2. Crimes and Offenses Generally » Chapter 9. Crimes Against Peace and Order » Article 5. Activities Tending to Cause Violence » § 18.2-422. Prohibition of wearing of masks in certain places; exceptions

Virginia State Police

#StayHome...Saves Lives 👍😷
#Speeding...Still Kills👎☠️

We appreciate everyone complying with Governor Northam's #COVID19 "Stay at Home" directive. But, open roadways are not a free pass to speed. Yes, that ticket is for 102 mph in a 70 mph on I-81...issued yesterday by a #VSP Trooper. We're still out there doing our job. We ask you to do yours...#DontSpeed #BuckleUp #DontDUI

VSP lays out how it will and won't enforce stay-at-home order on Virginia's roadways VSP said that first and foremost, it wants to try and limit its contact with the public, while also enforcing laws to the same ability it expects in regular times.


The small business rescue package is here! If you're a small business owner, you're probably worried about:
-Cash flow
-Employment issues
-Lease/Contract obligations
-Marketing that is effective yet inexpensive

Well guess what. Three experts, including our own business attorney Paul Abraham, employment attorney Tom Spiggle from the Spiggle Law Firm, and Melody Page-Ferry from Net 2.0, will cover the above in a one-hour live webinar on April 3, at 11:00am.


Also see our earlier post regarding our separate Thursday webinar covering SBA loans in more depth!

Virginia Man Shoots an Active Robber in Store, Is Arrested Himself

“Attorney Marina Medvin of Alexandria, a specialist in self-defense law, says in a phone interview today that she doesn't know enough about the specific facts to know how it will likely turn out. Virginia law depends, she points out, on very fact-specific balancing questions about "reasonableness" of force used and whether the danger the user of a weapon in self-defense faced is "extreme" or if his actions prevented "great bodily harm." It would be a mistake to try to predict a cut-and-dried outcome with the facts the police have released, she says.” The store owner thought his employee acted in reasonable defense of property and self. The police disagreed.

VADOC — Three Virginia DOC Offenders Test Positive for COVID-19 Three offenders at the Virginia Correctional Center for Women in Goochland, Virginia tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Inmate Tests Positive for COVID-19 | Sheriff

Fairfax County ADC inmate tested positive for coronavirus. Fairfax County, Virginia - On March 30, 2020, an inmate in his 20’s at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center (ADC) tested positive for COVID-19. He has been incarcerated since January 29, 2020 and is now in isolation at the ADC.

Arlington sheriff quarantining new arrivals at detention center for two weeks The Arlington sheriff’s office will quarantine new arrivals at the county’s detention facility for two weeks, an effort to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus among the incarcerees and


We’re all in this together. But some will be taking greater risks than others – we’re looking at you, doctors, nurses, and other health care providers. And although we can never repay you, our estate planning team at PJI Law would like to make our minor contribution.

We know that those on the front lines will see much greater exposure to the virus and are much more likely to require medical attention themselves – and possibly, they may need a loved one to communicate their medical decisions to their doctors, especially if they’re no longer able to do it themselves. For that, they should have an Advance Medical Directive.

So as of today and until April 10, as far as our capacity allows, we at PJI Law will be creating free Advance Medical Directives for health care providers in Northern Virginia. The entire process will be remote for your convenience. If you know a health care provider, please share this with them. If you are a health care provider, please email us at [email protected] with your name and credentials, and we will be in touch with you.

Thank you for your service, and let’s all get through this together!

Judicial Emergency extended in Virginia, pausing court cases across the state

The extension, issued Friday, will extend the judicial emergency until April 26. The extension, issued Friday, will extend the judicial emergency until April 26. It was initially scheduled to run until April 6.

Link to Governor Northam’s order closing schools and nonessential businesses.

Governor’s order allows for arrest.

Police department asking criminal activity to cease during coronavirus outbreak

😂😂😂 "We appreciate your anticipated cooperation in halting crime & thank all the criminals in advance," the Facebook post read.

EDVA Federal courthouse notice

Federal misdemeanor cases continued post April.

Non-urgent Arlington cases being continued.



FRAUD ALERT: Outstanding Warrant Scam Circulating in Arlington County - Newsroom The Arlington County Police Department is warning the public about a telephone scam that uses the threat of arrest to extort money from potential victims.

Florida police made a traffic stop and found a bag full of drugs fittingly labeled 'Bag Full Of Drugs'

😂😂😂 Bag full of drugs 😂😂😂 and in Florida of course 😂😂😂 How'd they know there were narcotics inside? Well, the bag said so.

Police Offering Drug Recovery Help: 'We Can't Arrest Our Way Out Of This Problem'

A new partnership between police and public health. Police departments are toning down the law enforcement, and offering drug users recovery help instead. But convincing drug users to accept the help is not easy.

Man lights joint in court while facing marijuana charge

Bad idea. "One of the craziest things I've seen," said the sheriff.

A Rescue Farm In South Carolina Is Looking For Volunteers To Cuddle With Pigs And Feed Them Cookies

Community service option. Tasks require: feeding them cookies 😭

Hurst detained, released from traffic stop

How do our clients feel about this? A Virginia legislator pulled over on suspicion of intoxicated driving Sunday in Christiansburg left with a warning, not a charge — and could not have been cited even if the

Parents Concerned About Drivers Illegally Passing School Bus Stops in Fairfax Co.

Reckless Driving - Passing School Bus is a misdemeanor offense in Virginia.

Man deliberately gets arrested to avoid marrying girlfriend

Alexandria Prosecutor Will Continue Prosecuting Marijuana Cases Until Decriminalization

FYI The Alexandria Commonwealth's Attorney believes that the Virginia General Assembly will pass measures to decriminalize marijuana this session, but that doesn't mean he will stop prosecuting simple possession charges. In fact, while Bryan Porter introduced a diversion program in the summer that wo

Alleged drunk driver in fatal crash has case dismissed because of officer’s missteps

One of our case wins made headlines this week. An apparent drunk driver was charged with involuntary manslaughter after a crash where the other driver died. But a Fairfax County officer failed to investigate properly, and prosecutors dismissed the case.

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916 Prince St
Alexandria, VA

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Criminal Defense for Felony and Misdemeanor arrests and charges in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Falls Church, Federal United States District Court in Alexandria | Circuit Court, General District Court, Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court | Arraignment, Advisement, Bond Motion, Preliminary Hearing, Trial, Plea Deal, Sentencing
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