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Criminal Defense

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...

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...

When evidence errors causes wrongful conviction

Evidence obtained at the scene of the crime, on the suspect or on the victim is processed using a number of forensic methods. This information is then presented to the court, usually by a scientific expert. The way in which the evidence is collected, processed, tested...

Fraud costs consumers $908 million in one year

The unfortunate cost of doing business online or with plastic is not the interest rate but the risk of fraud. As technology allows systems and people to become more interconnected, it presents an easier gateway for people looking for unauthorized access to financial...

Understanding Virginia’s point-based penalty system for drivers

When issued a traffic citation, many drivers decide to simply pay the fine, even when they do not believe they were in the wrong. Unfortunately, police officers and the equipment they use are not infallible, and an erroneous ticket could lead to costs that go beyond a...

Marijuana’s potential to impair driving

The nationwide push to legalize marijuana has gained some traction in Virginia. Medical marijuana has been legal for several years, and a current bill in the state legislature would decriminalize possession of certain amounts of the substance. However, even in states...

Selective memory: Why eyewitness lineups are not always accurate

The United States judicial system is designed to prosecute criminals, protect victims and uphold the law. Eyewitness identification and testimonies are often used in criminal cases as a way to place the suspect at the crime scene. Unfortunately, eyewitness...

Were your civil rights violated during an arrest?

Police misconduct is a phrase you probably have heard before. If you feel unsettled after an arrest or police search, there could be a good reason for it. Police have to abide by certain standards, and suspects always have rights. Police interrogations are inherently...