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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35-Threatening Criminal and Disciplinary Action

48-Criminal Defense Lawyers

51-Government Attorneys

73-Family Law Lawyers

A lawyer in a divorce case may properly advise the client to start criminal proceedings against the spouse for taking personal property if the facts show that the criminal case was not initiated solely to gain an advantage in the civil divorce case, and the Commonwealth's Attorney did not act improperly in prosecuting.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn