Alexandria Virginia Law Blog

Marital property: Claiming what is rightfully yours

Going through a divorce is often emotional and may be a bit overwhelming at times. You may be busy figuring out details regarding your living situation, making decisions regarding your financial arrangements and determining child custody. One of the most difficult...

Can you have your Virginia criminal record sealed?

If you have been charged with a crime in Virginia but were not convicted, you are likely all too aware that even if not proven guilty, you may still not be considered innocent. Although not found or proven to have committed an offense, a criminal charge on your record...

Do you have a plan for leaving your physically abusive spouse?

In the beginning, love, respect, compatibility and trust sustained your relationship with your spouse. Maybe you saw flickers of anger and violence in the past but contributed it all to a bad mood. Unfortunately, those flickers have grown into explosive flares,...

Can you diffuse your road rage?

Do you frequently find yourself yelling at the driver in front of you as you travel Virginia’s roads? Maybe you have already gotten a ticket for reckless driving after a fury-fueled driving maneuver. You should take action to avoid another one. To help, WebMD offers...

Roanoke County resident avoids felonious DWI maiming conviction

The general classification of a driving while intoxicated charge is a misdemeanor offense. In Virginia, however, a DWI offense which causes serious injury to another individual may result in a felony charge. In order to avoid a felony conviction, a 40-year-old Salem...

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...