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Criminal Defense

Understanding Virginia’s parental kidnapping laws

As a Virginia parent, you might think it’s impossible for you to kidnap your own child. After all, they’re your child, right? The reality is that even if you are a parent, you can be charged and potentially convicted of a felony for kidnapping your own child. This is...

7 implications of a domestic violence conviction

Everyone has gotten into an argument with a significant other at one point or another. But sometimes those disputes turn physical in nature, which can leave you facing allegations of criminal wrongdoing. As stressful as domestic violence charges and their potential...

If I’m being pulled over, can I avoid a ticket?

It is one of the most common questions drivers have when they get pulled over: how do I avoid this ticket? But, the truth is, there is no guaranteed way to avoid a ticket. However, there are things that you can do to make it more likely that the police officer will...

Understanding implied consent laws in Virginia

An arrest on DWI charges in Virginia can lead to serious consequences that will impact an individual’s life. A DWI conviction will remain on their record, which may limit their ability to get a job or to keep the one they have. Depending on the circumstances and the...

Avoiding a summertime DWI

Summer is coming soon, which means barbecues, boating, beach trips, concerts and other outdoor activities. Alcohol is a part of many people’s summer events, which means an increased chance of a DWI. DWIs significantly increase during the summertime months of June,...

Understanding protective orders in Virginia

Virginia residents can obtain a protective order against someone who they believe is a danger to their health or safety. Protective orders are designed to help domestic violence victims; however, people with protective orders entered against them may face damage to...

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...