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Alexandria Virginia Law Blog

Attacking witness credibility may be key to your defense

There are a lot of aspects to a prosecutor’s case that must be executed with precision before a conviction can be obtained. Amongst them is compelling witness testimony. However, there’s much more to a witness’s testimony that what he or she says about the alleged...

High-asset divorces present special issues

No matter a couple’s financial situation, a divorce can be a complicated and stressful process. Any divorce with minor children involved will mean the couple will have to work out their differences regarding custody, parenting time and child support. Also, a couple of...

What could lead you to receive sole custody in your divorce?

If your spouse has exhibited conduct issues throughout your marriage, their behavior may be reason enough for you to file for divorce. If you two have children, you may fear that, if you share custody, your spouse’s actions could put them in harm’s way. In this case,...

A basic overview of drunk driving laws in Virginia

We often toast to the holidays with a drink. Whether it is a cocktail at a holiday party or a glass of champagne on New Year’s Eve, many people in Virginia will choose to celebrate the season with alcohol. However, it can be all-too-easy to overindulge, possibly...

Worried about telling your kids about divorce? Here are some tips

There are a lot of difficult issues to deal with when it comes to divorce. While you might be worried about the financial ramifications, your primary concern is probably protecting your children. This starts with how you break the news of divorce to your children....

Suppressing evidence might save you from conviction

Drug charges have a certain stigma attached to them. As a result, mere allegations can be damaging to your reputation. A criminal conviction on drug charges can be disastrous, affecting your freedom, your finances, your career, and your potential for the future. With...

How living separately impacts grounds for divorce in Virginia

When a couple is seeking a divorce in Virginia, it is important to understand that there are certain laws the Commonwealth has in place before it can be granted. Many states in the union grant people a divorce simply because they say they have “irreconcilable...

Arlington man arrested after trying to break into motel room

Many criminal assaults are the result of spontaneous outbursts of anger. When the anger fades, the would-be assaulter usually calms down. Many people who might commit an assault are willing, after the violent urges subside, to talk to police and to allow themselves to...

How you can financially plan for life during and after divorce

When people think about divorce, they often consider things like legal fees and court costs. While it is important to plan for such expenses, it is just as important to plan for how your short-term and long-term expenses will change because of the divorce. It almost...

A first-time domestic violence charge is a serious affair

While it might not be pleasant to think about it, it is really pretty easy to get charged with a crime related to domestic violence. In some cases, too much alcohol or just a really stressful set of circumstances can lead to a resident of Northern Virginia acting out...