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October 2016 Archives

What happens if I violate a protective order?

If you have been involved in a domestic violence dispute, there is a chance the alleged victim will file a protective order against you. Even cases involving false allegations can result in a protective order being filed. The protective order typically limits or prohibits the contact between alleged abuser and alleged victim. In many cases, the alleged abuser will be required to stay a certain distance away from the alleged abuser and will not be permitted to speak to them via phone or online.

Theft of political signs is a crime in Virginia

In the midst of this tumultuous election season, people are going to great lengths to support or fight against certain candidates for political office. Many people have posted political signs along the roadways, on their vehicles and in their front yards to show their support for candidates and encourage others to vote. However, it is important to note that destroying, defacing or stealing political signs is illegal and could result in serious consequences in the state of Virginia. Establishing a criminal defense to theft can be challenging, but if you are successful, you can protect yourself from serious penalties.

Penalties for drunk driving in Virginia can be severe

Facing drunk driving charges in Virginia can be overwhelming for many motorists. The Blood Alcohol Concentration limit in all 50 states is .08 percent. This means that you can be charged with a DUI if you were driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or higher. However, you can also be charged if your blood alcohol level is below .08 percent if you are found to be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Drivers under 21 have an even lower BAC limit of .02 percent and can be charged with a DUI if they exceed that limit.

Virginia Delegate charged with domestic assault

Domestic violence charges of any kind can result in serious consequences for the accused. Just being charged is enough to affect the person's reputation and career. Virginia Delegate Rick Morris has been asked to resign after he was arrested twice for alleged domestic violence. Multiple leaders from the House of Delegates report that though Morris has not yet been found guilty, the allegations are troubling enough to warrant resignation.