Thad Furlong: An Introduction to Criminal Law

Thad Furlong is an award-winning lawyer specializing in criminal defense. Currently a partner at Furlong & Drewniak PLLC, Mr. Furlong utilizes his experience as a former member of law enforcement to provide the most comprehensive criminal defense. 

Criminal law refers to an individual’s prosecution for a crime by the government, the consequences of which may involve imprisonment, payment of a fine, or both. A criminal defense lawyer is a legal professional who is selected or appointed to defend an individual who has been accused of a crime and is facing trial. Criminal defense lawyers specialize in securing client acquittal through case research, understanding of current laws, and familiarity with legal precedents.

There are many specific areas of specialization for criminal defense lawyers, such as the defense of high-profile or celebrity clientele. Many criminal defense lawyers also perform pro bono work in their communities to assist those who cannot afford representation. 

For more information, contact a local criminal defense attorney.

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Thad Furlong: Entrapment Defense Asserts that Government Coerced Crime

A former law enforcement officer, Thad Furlong now serves as a partner at the Virginia law firm Furlong & Drewniak PLLC. He provides expert, insightful legal counsel for people accused of crimes. Contact Thaddeus Furlong at 703-988-1010.

Many criminal defendants believe they have been pressured by government agents to commit a crime via fraud, intimidation, harassment, or blandishments. Criminal lawyers often invoke an entrapment defense based on evidence that their clients carried out the offense under direction from police officers or other law enforcement personnel. While the law allows police officers to tell some lies in the course of investigation, statutes forbid extreme or repeated requests in the guise of friendship, need, or admiration to convince a suspect to commit a crime.

An entrapment defense requires lawyers to present evidence that meets a subjective or an objective standard. The case meets the objective standard if the officer’s actions would be likely to compel most people, even the most law-abiding ones, to execute a crime. The subjective standard, on the other hand, necessitates a verdict by jurors that indicates that the entrapment preyed on the offender’s predisposition to commit the offense; the entrapment negates the defendant’s responsibility for his or her actions.

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The FBI National Academy, by Thad Furlong

With a mission to support, promote, and enhance the development of law enforcement professionals, the FBI National Academy serves to improve policing and police departments, sheriff’s departments, military police, and federal agencies. Through invitations to select groups of law enforcement organizations, FBI National Academy participants come from throughout the United States and its territories as well as from over 150 countries around the world.

The FBI National Academy consists of two parts: 10 hours of classroom work four times a year and participation in the “Yellow Brick Road”—a challenging fitness course. In the classroom setting, students take graduate level courses on a range of subjects including law, behavioral and forensic sciences, leadership, and communication. The fitness test, which is optional, is made up of a 6.1 mile trail run interspersed with obstacles designed to challenge students both physically and mentally. Following completion of the course, graduates are awarded a yellow brick for their achievement and commitment to excellence.

About the author: Thad (Thaddeus) Furlong is a former law enforcement officer and current attorney based in Stafford, Virginia. Along with practicing in the legal professional, Mr. Furlong is an instructor at the FBI Academy, where he feaches law enforcement officers to prepare for trial and testify successfully in court.

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“Considerations for Dealing with Law Enforcement (part 2),” by Thad Furlong

As discussed in the previous section of this article, people at the center of police investigations or detainment often fare best by opting not to submit to searches of their person or properties. In addition, people in such situations usually benefit from refraining from answering law enforcement questions. Whether a person is guilty or innocent of the crime being investigated, police officers want information that helps them attain resolution of a case; a misspoken phrase or inconsistency of facts may create legal difficulties, even for those who are completely innocent.

Police officers often utilize methods of interrogation that can be confusing for those not accustomed to dealing with them. Some officers, for instance, promise leniency in return for confession, when in fact they have no power to determine sentencing. Moreover, they remain vigilant about spotting lies that further erode the credibility of the person being questioned.

About the author: Thaddeus Furlong, a Partner in the Virginia law firm Furlong and Drewniak, PLLC, assists clients accused of crimes and those who are the subject of police investigations. In addition to representing clients throughout the trial process, the former police officer meets with clients and law enforcement officials to facilitate fair, accurate questioning. To learn more, call Thad Furlong at 703-988-1010.

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