C. David Sands, III, Esq.

David was born and reared here in Richmond. He attended Mary Washington College where he received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, then the University of Alabama where he received his law degree. At Alabama, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law & Psychology Review.

David prosecuted for over 10 years in the City of Danville, Orange, and Fredericksburg, trying dozens of jury trials and thousands of bench trials, as well as personally handling nearly 150 appeals at the petition stage when litigants attempt to convince an appellate court to review the outcome at trial.  Previous to this work, David clerked for the Honorable Charles S. Russell and the Office of the Chief Staff Attorney at the Supreme Court of Virginia.  At that time, he drafted opinions, presented cases to the justices recommending action on petitions for appeal in criminal and civil matters, processed cases involving the Court’s original jurisdiction and drafted final orders, and reviewed appeals for procedural compliance.

David’s practice centers on two main areas.  First, criminal litigation, where his record trying major felonies—e.g., homicides, sexual assaults, robberies, and domestic violence—benefit those facing potentially life-changing outcomes.  He has experience before juries using experts to illustrate mental illnesses, personality disorders, and the sciences of neuropsychology and forensic psychology.  David also has experience and training in trying matters featuring computer and other digital evidence necessary to illustrate the case.  Second, appeals, starting sometimes as early as assisting trial counsel in planning litigation before trial even begins, and then beyond—where his years of experience crafting successful arguments can persuade appellate courts to rule in favor of his clients.

David is available for consult with anyone charged with a criminal offense or traffic offense.  He is also available to any attorney seeking the involvement of an appellate specialist, starting at the intake stage through appeals already initiated.

David lives with his wife and son in Caroline County.