These summaries were prepared by McGuireWoods LLP lawyer Thomas E. Spahn. They are based on the letter opinions issued by the Virginia State Bar. Any editorial comments reflect Mr. Spahn's current personal views, and not the opinions of the Virginia State Bar, McGuireWoods or its clients. 
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48-Criminal Defense Lawyers

Court-appointed criminal defense lawyers must follow the process outlined in Anders v. California, 386, U.S. 738 (1967), which Virginia has codified in Rule 5(a):12 -- requiring such lawyers to file a petition for appeal even if it is based on frivolous grounds after the client entered a guilty plea.

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