Alexandria Virginia Law Blog

Questions to ask before accepting a plea bargain

Rather than take a defendant all the way to trial and add another case to a crowded docket, a prosecutor may offer a plea deal. The American Bar Association explains that the deal usually has some aspect that makes it appealing, such as offering a lesser charge, fewer...

What Do You Need To Know About Your Finances During Divorce?

You already realize that your finances will play a major role in the divorce process. Dividing your assets and accounts can be one of the most contentious parts of a divorce. But what financial factors go into the divorce process? What should you know about your...

What are the requirements for a valid prenuptial agreement?

A prenuptial or premarital agreement is a smart financial move if you enter a marriage with a lot of assets. If your marriage ends, your spouse could have a right to any property you own, even if you owned it before marriage if you somehow comingled it with marital...

What are the penalties for an underage DUI

The law states that the consumption of alcohol is illegal for anyone under the age of 21. Getting behind the wheel after drinking can also lead to charges of driving under the influence. Driving after drinking when you are not legally allowed to drink leads to serious...

What are VA’s ignition interlock laws?

All states have strict laws against drunk driving. However, it is important to understand how the laws are different between states. For instance, in Virginia the law requires you to install an ignition interlock device for all offenses, even the first one. It is...

When speeding becomes reckless driving in Virginia

For drivers pulled over for speeding in Virginia, a fine and points off their license are the typical consequences. However, there are specific circumstances under which exceeding the speeding limit can result in a misdemeanor on your record. If convicted, you may...

Tips for low-conflict co-parenting after divorce

There is no cookie-cutter way for how to split and carry out parenting duties after your settlement. The main idea is to keep a strong sense of teamwork for the sake of your children. Co-parenting plans require a lot of coordination and a good amount of interactions...

Will your divorce necessitate a QDRO?

If you and your spouse face a divorce, you need to pay particular attention to your respective pension or retirement plans when constructing your marital property division agreement.  As SmartAsset.com explains, if any of them are covered by the Employee Retirement...

What is the importance of your Miranda Rights?

When you get pulled over for speeding or other reckless behavior, you may hear your Miranda Rights read out loud by an official. Knowing the meaning of these rights and when they are applicable is important for your safety. The definition  Miranda Rights encompass...

How does Virginia handle parental relocation?

Your relationship with your kids in Alexandria can often be independent of that which you share with their other parent. You not being together as a couple does not necessarily also mean that you do not still have a strong bond with your children. It can, however,...