Virginia Strengthens Highway “Move Over” Law – Now Reckless Driving

Since the inception of the "Move Over" law in 2002, Virginia has been serious about getting drivers on highways to slow down and move over when a stationary vehicle is on the side of a highway with … [Read more...]

Protective Orders in Virginia. What do you need to know?

Protective orders, in Virginia, are very similar to what’s known as “restraining orders” in other states. Protective orders can often be obtained for any person who is in danger of physical injury or … [Read more...]

Reckless Driving, DUI, Speeding – How long does a ticket in Virginia stay on my driving record?

A question that we often hear is, how long is this (reckless driving) (DUI) (DWI) (speeding) ticket going to stay on my record? The Virginia DMV lists the time frame on their website here: … [Read more...]

Virginia DUIs: New Tougher Penalties for DUIs Involving Injuries

On February 23rd, 2019, the House of Delegates voted to approve tougher penalties for DUIs that involve injuries in Virginia.  The Senate had previously approved the bill unanimously by a vote of … [Read more...]

Embezzlement—a crime proven by excluding the other possibilities

In our increasingly digitized society, white collar crime is fast becoming one of the most frequently seen kinds of fraud by business owners, auditors, and law enforcement. It is estimated to cost US … [Read more...]

Federal Crime Victims and Their Rights

Most people have forgotten about him, but one of the more lurid cases to come out of the federal courts in the last 10 years was that of Jeffrey Epstein. After success in finance and science … [Read more...]

Big Changes to Virginia Tobacco Laws: Age to Purchase now 21

On February 21, 2019, Governor Northam signed into law a bill to increase the age for purchasing tobacco products in the Commonwealth from 18 years old to 21 years old. Virginia will join … [Read more...]

Commonwealth v. Hall Implications: How involved does your property have to be before the government can take it under a forfeiture?

How can you be punished for a crime? Most people would answer with prison, jail, or a steep fine. But what many people don’t know is that—when you use some kinds of property to commit a crime—the … [Read more...]

Expungements: a way to prevent problems down the road

A question attorneys often get is whether a conviction goes on someone’s “permanent record.” In Virginia, every conviction—and, frequently, every charge—is entered into the National Crime Information … [Read more...]

Is it a threat? Or just words? The difference between a conviction for assault and keeping a violent offense off your record

A frequent argument we see in trials for assault is whether a threat alone constitutes an “assault.” In Virginia, there are two kinds of ‘assault.’ One is attempting to offensively touch another … [Read more...]