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Alexandria Virginia Law Blog

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...

Keeping costs down during high-asset divorces

Divorce can be complicated, messy and expensive. That is just the reality of the divorce process. However, that does not mean that it must be such a costly and gut-wrenching experience. Instead, if the couple can agree to work together to start their new life, costs...

Factors considered when setting up a visitation schedule

Every parent wants the best for their child, and unmarried parents who share a child may face difficult choices and challenges when setting up a visitation schedule. When an agreement on visitation with the other parent cannot be reached and the court must set a...

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...

Spousal assault: a fault-based divorce may be your best option

Violence against one’s spouse – there are few things more abhorrent. And yet, it happens all too frequently. Your home is where you’re supposed to be safest, surrounded by those you love and trust. When violence is committed against you, by your own spouse, it can...

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...

The effect of domestic PPOs on custody decisions

When couples get into fights, they say and do things that they may later regret. In the heat of the moment, it may feel like the right thing to do, but the fallout from a domestic dispute can have severe consequences for the accused, especially when there are children...

How a request for spousal support may be handled

A topic that often comes up during many divorces is the subject of spousal support. One spouse may be asking for spousal support while the other spouse may be reluctant to agree to make a financial payment to their former spouse on a monthly basis following their...

Alexandria man accused of sexual battery

An Alexandria man faces several criminal charges, including a charge of sexual battery, after an incident on the streets of the city during the dinnertime hour. Police say that a woman reported that a someone had attacked her. When responding to what police described...

Finding a way out of an abusive relationship

Sometimes it is difficult to realize at what point a relationship turned sour, what the triggers were or the causes. Victims of domestic abuse often blame themselves for what is happening and feel powerless to get out, change the dynamic, or even call it by name. The...