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  1. Andrew A. Protogyrou – 2014 Super Lawyers

    June 19, 2014 by Christy

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    Andrew A. Protogyrou is listed in the 2014 Super Lawyers Magazine for Personal Injury General: Defense. This annual list compiles the nation’s top attorneys

    nominated by their peers for excellence in practice.

    This publisher considers the attorneys listed as the go-to attorneys in


  2. Maury High School prom king graduates amid controversy

    by Christy

    A Maury High School student who was charged with 19 felonies in connection with a shooting graduated with honors Tuesday night.

    The student played football at Maury High School was released from jail and voted prom king by the senior class. A school board member said the board would be reviewing policies in light of the incident.

    The charges were related to a shooting May 14 around 6 p.m. when emergency communications received a 911 call for a gunshot victim in the 2400 block of Lafayette Boulevard. Norfolk Police Department said officers found a juvenile male victim with an injury that was not life-threatening. Paramedics transported him to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for treatment.

    An investigation revealed the victim had been standing in the area with a juvenile male acquaintance when the suspects drove by in a 2004 Silver Buick Century along with a 3-year-old child. Witnesses told police the vehicle, passed the block several times before one of the male juveniles inside displayed a gun and shot in the direction of a residence.

    The student from Maury drove the vehicle away from the scene and an alert was released to officers with the description of the vehicle. Police stopped the group at Onley and Whitaker Lane, discovered weapons, and detained the suspects.

    According to the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office, two suspects were also charged and remain incarcerated. The Maury student was charged with 19 felonies, including eight counts of use of a firearm, six counts of attempted malicious wounding, two counts of malicious wounding, one count of conspiracy, one count of gang participation, and one count of child endangerment.

    The student’s lawyer, Norfolk City Councilman Andrew Protogyrou, said he heard his client tried to stop the shooter. He also said his client was not a threat to the school community.

    “He was not only judged not a threat to the school community, he was judged not a threat to the community as a whole because the court had to make such an understanding in its finding to release him on bail,” Protogyrou said.

    According to a school board policy posted online, “Students are subject to viagra sans ordonnance corrective action for any misconduct that occurs … off school property, when the acts lead to a charge that would be a felony, if committed by an adult.”

    Norfolk City Public Schools would not comment on this story.

    Protogyrou said Norfolk School Board Chairman who is his client’s pastor, testified on his behalf at his bond hearing.

    A family member said the student is an innocent child who just gave someone a ride. He is due back in court on June 30.

    Read the full article here.

  3. Maury student charged in shooting, named prom king

    June 9, 2014 by Christy

    On May 23, a Maury High School senior partied with his classmates at the Half Moon Cruise and Celebration Center and was thrilled when they voted him prom king.

    The day before, he had been confined in the City Jail. The senior spent a week in jail after being arrested in connection with a shooting of a teenager that police believe was gang-related. Police charged the student, who is 18, and three others with more than two dozen felonies. His attorney says he is innocent.

    The high school student’s future football career is now in jeopardy. Norfolk State University says a football scholarship they gave him is on hold.

    But it’s likely that the student will get to attend at least one more special high school event: his graduation.

    That’s because Norfolk’s conduct policy says that students with felony charges may be allowed to return to school and attend activities such as prom. Students also can graduate as long as they are eligible.

    Maury’s PTA president, said the policy needs to be reviewed. She was shocked to learn that the student was allowed to return to school, given the allegations of gang activity.

    Norfolk School Board Chairman said on Friday he understands parents’ concerns about safety and

    plans to recommend that the board review the division’s conduct policy.

    A school spokeswoman, said safety is a top priority when administrators review cases in which students are charged or convicted of felonies. Four school security officers and four off-duty, uniformed Norfolk police officers attended the prom, she said.

    According to court documents, the student was arrested May 15 in connection with a drive-by shooting of a teenager in the 2400 block of Lafayette Blvd.

    On May 14, the student was allegedly driving a Buick Century with three other teens and a 3-year-old child when a man inside fired toward a house about 6 p.m. A teenager who was not the intended target was hospitalized, according to police and court records.

    Police stopped

    the Buick, seized weapons and arrested four suspects from the vehicle.

    The Maury high school student was charged with two counts of malicious wounding, six counts of attempted malicious wounding, six counts of felonious use of a firearm, gang participation, child endangerment and conspiracy to commit malicious wounding, according to buy levitra london court records.

    Chief Judge of Norfolk General District Court granted the student a $25,000 bond May 22.

    Andy Protogyrou, the student’s attorney and also a Norfolk City Council member, said he asked Norfolk School Board Chairman, as the student’s pastor, as well as the teenager’s mother, brother and two of his Maury coaches to attend the hearing.

    Protogyrou said he has “very favorable evidence in defense of the charges.” His client never had a weapon, and although he was driving the car, “when he saw a weapon, he tried to get it from the shooter’s hand,” Protogyrou said Friday. “And there’s also evidence that he may have been threatened himself.”

    Court documents state that a co-defendant is a enrolled as a student at Granby High. A magistrate noted that, “Rivalry still exists between the 2 gangs, also the target of the shooting wasn’t shot.”

    Protogyrou said the student attended his prom with an adult male family member.

    Maury’s PTA president said school officials should consider alternative school placements until students with criminal charges have had their cases resolved in court.

    A preliminary hearing is scheduled forJune 30.

    A former Norfolk teacher and president of the Middle Towne Arch at Broad Creek civic league, said he has known Protogyrou’s client and his mother for years. “He’s a very kindhearted person,” he said. “He’s always willing to do favors and stuff. I think he just made a mistake. He was doing a favor for the wrong folks.”

    An assistant athletic director at Norfolk State, said the Maury student’s scholarship offer “is on hold pending the judicial process.” NSU plans to “wait and see how it plays out,” he said.

    Read the full article here.

  4. Norfolk’s top prosecutor charged with DUI

    April 25, 2014 by Christy

    With a DUI conviction now on his record, Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney Greg Underwood plans to appeal and could find himself fighting to keep his job.

    Accomack County General District Judge found Underwood guilty of driving under the influence and refusing to take a breath test on April 25, 2014. He ordered Underwood to spend three days in jail.

    Friday’s court hearing came after Underwood’s case was delayed three times, because his attorney, state Senator Tommy Norment, was dealing with General Assembly business.

    The charges grew out of an October 23, 2013 traffic stop on Interstate 264 near the Brambleton Avenue exit.

    Underwood, was pulled over along with two motorists who had followed behind him through safety cones that marked off a road construction area, according to State Trooper J.O. Ogden. Ogden testified that he let the other motorists go and made a call to his dispatcher to contact his supervisor after he smelled a strong odor of alcohol on the Norfolk prosecutor’s breath.

    He said Underwood’s speech was slurred and when he got out of his vehicle, he seemed unstable on his feet, and appeared to be using the vehicle as a brace or to steer himself, the trooper said. Ogden, a former Virginia Beach deputy, said he knew Underwood from the years that he was a prosecutor in Virginia Beach.
    The trooper said he asked Underwood more than once if he was going to take the tests and each time he refused.

    Norment argued that the trooper had Underwood get out of his car for a field sobriety test and never specifically asked him to take a breath test. The judge pointed out that Ogden knew Underwood and knew he was an attorney who would understand what kind of tests were involved. The trooper testified that Underwood told him he would refuse any test he offered.

    Underwood did not enter a plea on the DUI charge but stipulated the evidence was sufficient to find him guilty. He pled not guilty to the other charges that grew out of the traffic stop.

    The judge said he would give Underwood the same sentence he gives to others in such cases. He sentenced Underwood to 33 days in jail, with all but three suspended, and a fine of $1,000 with $500 suspended and ordered him to participate in an Alcohol Safety Action Program. He also said Underwood’s driver’s license would be suspended for a year. The judge dismissed the charge of possession of a concealed weapon while intoxicated in a public place; and reduced the reckless driving in a construction work zone charge to improper driving.

    Read the full article here.

  5. Criminal Jury Trials in Virginia

    by Allan

    Nice subject here. Actually in the state system most criminal trials are without a jury. This means the Judge decides guilt or innocence. In the federal courts, almost all not guilty trials are with a jury. Why the difference. One systems all juries another system, it’s rare.

    As they say, the devil is in the details. All defendants have a right to trial hoe kom ik aan cialis by jury. But in the Virginia state system, the jury also recommends a sentence on a finding of guilt. In the federal system, the issue of punishment is left entirely to the Judge.

    Personally, I don’t try cases in federal court anymore. The “why” is a subject for another note.
    But in the state system. We have a case of PWID (possession with intent to distribute). This offense is punishable by statute from 5 to 40 years. Yeah, a lot of time. No parole must serve 85% and then you get out. The least a jury can recommend under this system is 5 years. A judge trying the case can give probation. Actually sentencing guidelines for a defendant with no record ranges from 7 months to one year 6 months, or so. But if the jury recommends 5 years, the judge will impose it even if he would have imposed a sentence in accordance with the sentencing guidelines. God help you if the jury recommends 30 years. The judge will impose that 30 years. See you in about 2037. No foolin. The judge almost always imposes the sentence recommended by the jury. Doesn’t have to, but will. Doesn’t want to be the subject of critical comments in the media. Talk about judicial courage.

    But the state system saves money. Jury trials are expensive. We would need more judges, more courtrooms, more DAs, more defense lawyers, public defenders. So no one complains.

  6. Regional jail’s board discusses budget shortfall

    January 17, 2014 by Christy

    The Hampton Roads Regional Jail’s governing body met Wednesday to discuss how to make up a projected budget shortfall in the coming fiscal year.

    A 2015 annual budget presentation put together by the authority proposes an increase in the amount cities pay

    the authority of $8 per inmate, per day.

    The authority is also looking into housing inmates from other municipalities, said Andrew Protogyrou, a Norfolk city councilman and chairman of the regional jail authority.

    Each of the jail’s four member cities – Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk and Portsmouth – has a contract with it to pay for a set number of inmates each

    day at a certain rate.

    The authority, composed of representatives from its member cities, freed up about $2.5 million Wednesday to cover its expenses by reducing its reserve fund from 25 percent of its total expenditures to 16.67 percent.

    Read the full article here.


  7. Super Lawyers Business Edition 2013

    December 4, 2013 by Christy

    Andrew A. Protogyrou is listed in the 2013 Super Lawyers Magazine, Business Edition for Personal Injury Defense: General. This annual list casino

    compiles the nation’s top attorneys nominated by their peers for excellence in practice. This publisher considers the attorneys listed as the go-to attorneys in litigation.

  8. Beach man gets 18 months for wreck that killed friend

    October 16, 2013 by Christy

    The 19 year old victim’s mother never wanted the man responsible for her daughter’s death to be arrested.

    That, however, didn’t keep a Circuit Court judge Tuesday from sentencing the defendant to 18 months in jail. He was drunk at the time of the Aug. 14, 2011, crash.

    State sentencing guidelines recommended that the defendant receive only probation. Prosecutors asked for at least a year.

    The defendant, now 24, pleaded guilty last year to involuntary manslaughter. According to court documents, he was driving his 2005 Ford F-150 pickup about 2:30 a.m., when he veered off the road and struck a tree in the 1200 block of Blackwater Road.

    The crash drew the attention of a nearby resident, who found the defendant lying on the ground next to his burning truck. The man dragged him to safety, court documents said. The 19-year-old victim, who was in the passenger seat, died at the scene.

    According to hospital records, the defendant registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.17, more than twice the legal limit for driving.

    The crash broke both of his’ legs and seriously burned him. Over the past two years, the defendant has undergone 10 surgeries, according to Andrew Protogyrou, his attorney. He said that his client is coping with a staph infection and that his right femur “doesn’t exist.”

    “He has a rod in there now,” Protogyrou said, asking the court for leniency.

    Judge Brown said he believed that the defendant would never forget what happened to his passenger, but he also noted that the defendant had a history with alcohol.

    In 2008, 2009 and 2010, the defendant was convicted in Virginia Beach of unlawful possession of alcohol, according to online court records. In 2009, he also was convicted of public intoxication.

    Read the full article here.

  9. Va. Beach man gets 4½ years in ID theft case

    September 13, 2013 by Christy

    A Virginia Beach man with prior convictions for killing his 2-year-old son and molesting two other children was sentenced Thursday to 4½ years in prison for a new set of crimes: health care fraud and identity theft.

    The Virginia Beach man, admitted in federal court that he stole more than $300,000 from a doctor’s office in a check forgery scheme, assisted by a woman who worked in the office. He pleaded guilty to health care fraud and aggravated identity theft.

    The woman, plead guilty as well and was scheduled to be sentenced September 12, 2013. The two had a relationship that produced a child, his attorney said.

    The Virginia Beach man admitted that he used the identity of a Virginia Beach doctor to cash forged insurance checks that the acheter sildenafil sandoz woman had stolen from the office. They forged 590 checks totaling $308,000, court records say.

    The Virginia Beach man was convicted in 1976 of killing his 2-year-old son in New York by kicking the boy in the stomach. He served about 18 months in prison for that crime. He also served about two years in prison after a 1991 conviction for molesting two children in Virginia Beach.

    Because those crimes were so old, that part of his criminal history did

    not count toward calculating his penalty under federal sentencing guidelines. Otherwise he could have faced considerably more prison time, a prosecutor said.

    His attorney, Andrew Protogyrou, tried to shift some blame to the check cashing service he used. The company made it easy to cash the forged checks by not requiring proof of identity, counsel called such action “willful blindness.”

    The Virginia Beach man set up an account with the check cashing service using only the business license from the doctor’s practice, which the woman involved had taken, Protogyrou said.

    The man then cashed forged insurance checks that the woman had taken from the practice. The woman, employed as the practice’s bookkeeper, was able to cover up the losses to the office.

    The Virginia Beach man, also a Vietnam veteran who was wounded in the war, told the federal judge he tried not to get involved but said he was forced by the woman involved in order to keep their relationship intact.

    Read the full article here.

    All case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case. Prior case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case.

  10. Talks heat up on downtown Norfolk conference center

    February 4, 2013 by Christy

    A Waterside Live deal that has seemed all but complete for months may now happen in tandem with a hotel-conference center project developed by Bruce Thompson of

    that have been demolished. Currently, this is the site of an urban park called The Plot.

    City officials see a symbiotic relationship between Waterside Live and the hotel-conference center. Several on the council said they expected both deals to be wrapped up by the spring.

    “Waterside will not survive without the conference center, and the conference center will not survive without Waterside,” Councilman Andy Protogyrou said. “It”s a relationship that allows them to feed off each other.”

    The letter of intent for Waterside created a framework for a 50-year lease agreement with Cordish, which says it can turn Waterside into a regional entertainment destination and create 1,000 jobs for Norfolk.

    Under the proposed agreement, Cordish would recoup up to 80 percent of its $28 million investment over 15 years by sharing tax revenue with the city.

    Jones said in November that the final agreement could be signed by the end of the year. This week, Jones said through a spokeswoman that “there is not a deadline to complete the Cordish agreement. We will announce once the agreement is finalized on both sides.”

    Read the full article here.