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Criminal Defense

Domestic assault and battery charges can mean jail

Like other states, Virginia prosecutors and police take allegations of domestic abuse seriously. For this and other reasons, many Alexandria residents may face charges related to domestic violence. In reality, any squabble at home can easily get to the point where one...

Affirmative defenses and common defenses for DUIs

Whether it is a motorists first time being pulled over by the police or has met this fate several times before, it is important that one understands the process associated with a traffic stop. This is especially true for those suspected of drunk driving. Oftentimes, a...

When is self-defense allowed in Virginia?

People in Virginia know that it is generally illegal to assault others. People are not suppose to punch people, kick people or hit them with other objects. They are also not suppose to use weapons such as guns or knives to harm others or threaten to harm them. People...

What are the DUI penalties for a person under the age of 21?

As the holidays approach, people in Virginia will have extra time off from work and school. The activities they are likely to take part in include going to gatherings with family and friends, taking trips and enjoying the nightlife. Some might make the mistake of...

Current Virginia drug laws can be puzzling

Marijuana laws are changing across the United States. More and more, there is a rise in its legalization for recreational use. In Virginia, however, change is slow in coming. The commonwealth changed its laws on July 1 allowing people to have four plants without...

New law prohibiting police from stopping cars for some violations

There are many different traffic laws that people in Virginia must follow. There are speed limits, stop signs and stop lights, people need to signal turns, yield in certain situations, drive within their lanes and follow many other laws. There are also laws that...

Ways to challenge a breathalyzer test

There are several possible ways to challenge a breathalyzer test that has resulted in drunk driving charges. A DUI can be devastating for many accused drivers and can take a toll on both accused drivers and their families which is why accused drivers should be...

What are DUI penalties in Virginia?

Drunk driving penalties can be a significant set back for accused drivers. For that reason, accused drivers in Virginia should know what the penalties are how to fight drunk driving charges. The penalties for drunk driving charges There are several different penalties...

How long are license suspensions after a DUI?

As it is now summer in Virginia, people will be out with friends and family enjoying the warm weather. There are many different activities that people do with their friends and family, but it is common for people to drink alcohol while they are participating in these...

What are possible defenses to theft?

Theft charges can result in jail time, fines and other possible penalties and consequences. For that reason, individuals who have been accused of a theft crime should be familiar with their criminal defense options and how to go about them. Defenses to theft charges...