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One significant but sometimes overlooked consequence of a domestic violence charge in Virginia is the issuance of a protective order. A protective order is not criminal charge, but rather a separate court order that imposes restrictions on the liberty of the accused. What is so significant about protective orders in domestic violence cases in Virginia is that they are initially issued without the accused having any opportunity to dispute the allegations giving rise to the protective order. Read more
Stephen D. Hall
I have a buddy who practices law in Ohio; he laughed when I told him about Virginia’s reckless driving laws. See, first offense reckless driving in Ohio is a minor misdemeanor punishable by a $150.00 fine. Virginia is—to put it mildly—a little different; people go to jail for reckless driving every day in Virginia. With that in mind, let’s briefly discuss the differences between reckless driving by speed and a run-of-the-mill speeding ticket. Read more
Virginia law defines a variety of actions that could be considered fraud. Some forms of fraud carry criminal penalties. Others may provide for civil remedies and damages. In general, fraud involves intentionally making a false representation of a material fact with the intent to mislead another. If you have been accused of fraud, you should seek out a good criminal defense attorney to defend you against the allegations. Read more
Sean A. Sherlock
In representing clients, one of the most common concerns I hear is “Will I have to talk in court? What do I say to the Judge?” Many people may not be comfortable with public speaking. And for many of our clients, going to court is a new and frightening experience. It’s only natural that this is a source of anxiety for a lot of people. But remember, you have the right to remain silent. Read more
Facing Reckless Driving by Speed charges in Northern Virginia can be scary. These charges often requires negotiating a deal to avoid the misdemeanor. This is the goal of many clients. Depending on a variety of factors, after negotiations the prosecutor may offer the following: Read more
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So, you agreed to write a character letter to help your friend, colleague, family member, or acquaintance for his upcoming court appearance. This post addresses what you should include in this letter. It also advises on what you should exclude from this letter. Read more
Facing criminal charges? Seek a professional to counsel you about your DUI charge. Intoxication can lead to a host of serious criminal issues, including the potential for jail time. In society, there are laws that restrict those that choose alcohol as a beverage. Read more
With the warmer months approaching, many of us want to take advantage of the great local wineries and breweries in the Commonwealth of Virginia for a fun and relaxing social experience. Whether due to distance or availability during peak times, in many areas Uber, Lyft, or taxi cabs are still not a practical alternative to driving yourself. Read more
If you are stopped for driving while intoxicated, it could mark the beginning of a long journey that ends with you paying a hefty fine and even spending time behind bars. Under the circumstances, intervention by a DWI lawyer can be the difference of you being a jailbird or a free bird. Read more
Being charged with Drunk Driving / DUI / DWI can be a harrowing experience. No one plans for it and no one ever expects that it will happen to them. This series seeks to explain the process to help you understand what to expect after your arrest in Alexandria, VA and, most importantly, what impacts the DUI / DWI could have on your future. Read more
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