Alexandria Virginia Law Blog

Is it possible to reduce a prison sentence by paying restitution?

A prominent Northern Virginia businessman pleaded guilty to eight counts of securities fraud and received a 78-month prison sentence after paying millions in restitution. The Washington Post reported that the 54-year-old's plea deal required $20 million in restitution...

How does Virginia define domestic violence?

Virginia has a legal definition of domestic violence that varies somewhat from other states, even though there are some overlapping commonalities. If you or someone you know is a victim, it helps to know what constitutes an act of domestic violence. It gives you an...

Reluctance to end your marriage

For some people, the decision to get a divorce is very easy, while others may have a hard time making up their mind. There may be a number of reasons why you are reluctant to end your marriage, whether you are worried about how your financial future will be impacted...

What is a child’s protective order?

In Virginia, adults are not the only ones entitled to a protective order. A preliminary protective order protects a child’s safety, health and normal development. Judges often order these if a child is a witness or victim to abuse, domestic violence or any other...

What is mail fraud?

Mail fraud and other mail-related crimes are often misunderstood, but fraud is a very serious crime. It leads to people being scammed and losing money. It can also cause emotional turmoil and put people in situations where they feel stress. There is nothing funny...

Who gets the pet in an Alexandria divorce case?

Pets are like family members to many couples. During a divorce, one of the most common — and often upsetting — questions is “Who gets the pet?” Learning the pet custody laws in Alexandria, Virginia, can help you and your spouse come to an agreement that is suitable...

Should you sign a prenup before your second marriage?

If you are one of the 80% of people who remarry after their first marriage ends in divorce, you may wish to consider having a Virginia prenuptial agreement in place this time around. A well thought out and well-written prenup can not only save you the financial...

Can you go to jail for speeding?

Speeding is one of those crimes that people rarely give a second thought to because almost every driver is guilty. Even if you are always very aware of the speed limit and commit to honoring it, you may slip up on occasion. It is easy to do to go a few miles over the...

Importance of a prenup for those with money

If one or both partners of an engaged couple have significant assets or their own business, signing a prenuptial agreement is invaluable. While it may not be the most romantic thing to talk about, it helps to discuss money and assets, and it can make a divorce much...

What happens to your family business when you divorce?

If you and your spouse own a family business in Virginia but have decided to divorce, what happens to this business? Forbes reports that you have the following three basic options when it comes to deciding what to do with your family business during a divorce: Sell it...