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    If you are convicted or plead guilty to a felony in Virginia, the next phase of your case is sentencing where a court orders jail time, fines, probation, and other penalties. When issuing a sentence, judges refer to the Virginia Sentencing Guidelines, a booklet prepared by officials to ensure consistency in handing down criminal penalties. In general, the approach is[...]

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    In the wake of recent school incidents and mass shootings, many states have enacted new laws on possession of certain types of guns, ammunition, and accessories. Some jurisdictions have even increased the minimum age to legally purchase firearms. However, despite a push for stricter gun laws that gained momentum in late 2017, Virginia has not made significant changes. The Richmond[...]

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    The world around us gets more digital and connected every day, to the point where you can hire a car, trade on the stock market, apply for a mortgage, and order a pizza via mobile app with just a few taps of your finger. With all the convenience of technology, it is not surprising that you can now even obtain[...]

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    There is a wide range of options for estate planning in Virginia, and in some cases it may be advantageous to go beyond a will and powers of attorney. Trusts can be a very useful tool, so some background information may help you understand the two more common types: Revocable and Irrevocable. Revocable Trusts   Simply put, a revocable trust[...]

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    Arraignment in Virginia Criminal Cases
    Posted on January 15, 2018

    No matter what circumstances led to your arrest on criminal charges in Virginia, your case will proceed through the criminal court system according to a series of procedural rules. Among them is the requirement for an arraignment. You may have heard the term when watching TV crime shows but, if you are a defendant in a real-life criminal case, you[...]

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    In many post-divorce families, parents work together and maintain open lines of communication regarding the care and well-being of a minor child. Even though the marriage may be over, they are still sensitive to the needs of children regarding custody and visitation issues. Unfortunately, there are also some parents that struggle with their roles, taking advantage of their rights and[...]

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    A man from Lynchburg, Virginia pleaded guilty on July 6, 2017 to drunk driving charges dating back to a car accident in November 2016. According to The News & Advance, the offender faces up to 17 years in prison for various crimes, including involuntary manslaughter: The crash killed a passenger in the other vehicle involved in the head-on collision. When[...]

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    When you’re convicted of a crime, Virginia law allows a judge to suspend or modify the sentence and include probation as punishment for the offense. This is an attractive option for many offenders, because it keeps you out of jail and may reduce other penalties as long as you comply with the terms designated by the court. However, if you[...]

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    Over the four-day statistical counting period considered as the Fourth of July weekend, Virginia police were busy with accidents, speeding tickets, safety belt violations, and drunk drivers. In addition, law enforcement issued 2,677 citations for reckless driving as part of the 2017 Fourth of July Operation C.A.R.E. initiative, according to a July 6, 2017, report in The Progress-Index. This type[...]

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    In Virginia, you could be charged with an underage drinking violation if you are found to be purchasing, possessing or consuming alcohol while under the age of twenty one. These charges must be taken seriously; you do not want an underage drinking charge to haunt you down the road. If you or your child has been charged with underage drinking,[...]

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