Innocent Man Cleared of Murder

Watch S.W. fresh out of law school successfully defending Dahson Iraldo in his first murder case!

Dawson Andrews

Mr. Andrews was seized without cause and subsequently arrested.  Upon being confronted with overwhelming evidence that Mr. Andrews should have never been approached by the police, the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office continued in its prosecution of Mr. Andrews.  S.W. was able to convince the judge that the case should be dismissed!

Taneisha Bishop

Ms. Bishop was the victim of a hasty and sloppy investigation which ultimately led to her arrest on very serious charges.  After a more thorough investigation at S.W.’s behest, all of her charges were dropped.

Caleb Wolfe

Mr. Wolfe made a mistake but S.W. was able to get him a second chance! S.W. has worked tirelessly during his career to make sure everyone gets the same breaks in the criminal justice system that Mr. Wolfe received.

Additional Stories

Defense Attorney Analyzes NSU Student Arrest Case

Watch S.W. opine on the legality of a Norfolk police officer’s use of force.

Read More: http://wavy.com/2015/01/30/defense-attorney-analyzes-nsu-student-arrest-case/ 

Dawson Represents Teen Victim in Case of Police Excessive Force

Read More: http://wtkr.com/2015/09/28/virginia-beach-teen-plans-to-sue-police/ 

Norfolk Millennials Call on Lawmakers to Decriminalize Marijuana

S.W. thinks we’ve got bigger fish to fry in Norfolk than busting kids for smoking joints.  It’s time to focus on the things that really matter!

Read More: http://wavy.com/2016/10/03/norfolk-millennials-call-on-lawmakers-to-decriminalize-marijuana/

New suspect indicted in 2010 slaying of Norfolk barber

A man was indicted Wednesday in the fatal shooting more than three years ago of an elderly barber in his shop, a killing in which charges against a previous suspect were dropped.

Read More: https://pilotonline.com/news/local/crime/new-suspect-indicted-in-slaying-of-norfolk-barber/article_5519eec0-f991-58bd-906b-c87b2c2e26d6.html

New suspect indicted in 2010 slaying of Norfolk barber

NORFOLK — A person accused of murdering a barbershop owner who later had charges against him withdrawn, filed a lawsuit claiming false arrest.

Read More: http://www.13newsnow.com/news/attorney-says-lawsuit-against-norfolk-officer-aims-at-apology-explanation_20160811022211440/294204383

Norfolk sailor’s grand larceny charges to be expunged

Norfolk, Va. – A Norfolk judge has signed an order to expunge a Norfolk sailor’s criminal record, erasing any trace of nine felony charges linked to the November 2012 burglaries at Iowa Estates near Naval Station Norfolk.

Read More: http://www.13newsnow.com/news/attorney-says-lawsuit-against-norfolk-officer-aims-at-apology-explanation_20160811022211440/294204383

Norfolk man guilty in accidental shooting of friend

An 18-year-old who accidentally shot his 17-year-old friend while they were high and playing with guns pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary manslaughter, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Kaleel Spencer Mayhan will be sentenced July 19. There is no agreement for sentencing, according to Amanda Howie, spokeswoman for the commonwealth’s attorney’s office.

Read More: https://pilotonline.com/news/local/crime/norfolk-man-guilty-in-accidental-shooting-of-friend/article_cbcebfa4-c5e6-544f-b9ed-f845779c5104.html

Charges dropped in Norfolk murder case

“It indeed was a classic case of self-defense,” said Williams’ attorney S. W. Dawson.  “That’s why I believe the Commonwealth moved to drop all the charges today just three days before my client’s speedy trial clock was set to expire.”

Read More: https://pilotonline.com/news/local/crime/norfolk-man-guilty-in-accidental-shooting-of-friend/article_cbcebfa4-c5e6-544f-b9ed-f845779c5104.html

Woman, 70, claims Chesapeake police violated rights

“Mrs. Davenport wants to ensure by filing this suit that no one has to endure ever again what she was forced to endure at the hands of the police,” said S.W. Dawson, Davenport’s attorney. He argued the officers violated his client’s Fourth Amendment protection against unlawful seizure.”

Read More: https://pilotonline.com/news/local/crime/norfolk-man-guilty-in-accidental-shooting-of-friend/article_cbcebfa4-c5e6-544f-b9ed-f845779c5104.html