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January 2018 Archives

What is an "uncontested" divorce?

An uncontested divorce is essentially one in which both of the parties to the marriage agree that ending the marriage is acceptable. In an uncontested divorce, the parties do not have any grounds on which to challenge the legal proceedings and both parties want to bring their marriage to its end. Virginia residents may pursue uncontested divorces if certain conditions are met.

Severe penalties apply when drivers' BACs are high

In Virginia and many other states throughout the nation, a person is considered to be driving while under the influence of alcohol if their blood alcohol concentration is at or above .08 percent. But, the laws surrounding DUI can be significantly more complex. It is important to understand that this is a threshold level. Those facing DUI charges could face a more specific driving crime: aggravated drunk driving based on an elevated blood alcohol concentration.

Criminal defense lawyers are advocates for their clients' rights

The legal system is adversarial. Whether Virginia residents finds themselves in civil or criminal court, they will likely feel overwhelmed by the procedural and technical requirements that their cases will be subjected to as they move through the court system. They will have to come up with effective and truthful ways to present their case and they will have to potentially face punishment if they fail in their efforts. However, a failure in the civil courts may result in the imposition that the individual pays damages, while a failure in the criminal courts could deprive a person of their personal freedom.

A review of gun crime regulations in Virginia

Gun ownership is not unusual in Virginia, nor is it in the other 49 states of the nation. In fact, many Americans own guns to use for recreation, hunting and self-protection. In order for a person to legally own a gun there are a number of requirements that must be met. The failure to follow proper channels can result in a person facing serious gun crime charges.

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