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How to Select a Criminal Defense Attorney

How to Select a Criminal Defense Attorney

How to Select a Criminal Defense Attorney If you are facing potential criminal charges, you do not want to delay securing legal representation. A good criminal defense attorney can help ensure that you make strategically sound decisions from the outset. However, you also do not want to risk rushing into […]

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What is the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony in Virginia?

What is the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony in Virginia?

Misdemeanors and felonies are two primary classifications of crimes used by states. They differ from each other largely in the seriousness of the crimes under investigation and in the severity of the punishments issued to those convicted of the charges. In addition, some differences exist in the legal processes that […]

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Can Reckless Driving in Virginia be a Felony Charge?

Can Reckless Driving in Virginia be a Felony Charge?

Most reckless driving incidents are tried as misdemeanors in Virginia, but some cases have additional elements that elevate the seriousness of the alleged crime and lead to a felony charge. In Virginia, reckless driving typically is classified as a Class 1 misdemeanor, which is the most serious of the four […]

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Crossing Lines – Dealing with Abuse

Young woman experiencing headache with man on the sofa behind her

As the days of summer are behind, the changes of autumn begin.  Fall brings pictures of changing leaves, cooler temperatures, and lots of little munchkins dressed up begging for treats.  Most of those images should at least engender feelings of community and maybe some nostalgia.  Thankfully, many people have good […]

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Marijuana

Horizontal view of smoking marijuana after school

How many people trust their children to always make the right decision?  How many people trust their children to make the right decision 50% of the time?  What if it involved one of the currently most highly debated topics in society?  If adults are unsure of the legality of an […]

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Five years to life

Five years to life

A son’s tragedy… a mother’s story For the purposes of keeping the family anonymous, the mother in this article will be referred to as Mary and her son as Danny.   One of the worst fears a mother has is getting a frantic phone call from a child saying, “Mom, […]

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Marijuana in Virginia

Marijuana in Virginia

On Monday, April 14th, Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland signed a bill legalizing the use of medical marijuana.  Maryland became the 21st state to follow this path.  In addition, Gov. O’Malley signed into law the decriminalization of possession of marijuana.  With close to half the states having some form of […]

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Shoplifting

Shoplifting

“We got another call,” the officer said in a disgusted voice.  “This is the third time in three days for that store.  The owner caught the girl walking out of the door with a pair of jeans stuffed in her backpack.”   He continued shaking his head, “Those pants were […]

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Reckless Driving – A Client’s Story.

Reckless Driving – A Client’s Story.

In the fall of 2011, Riley Scheyder found himself in a precarious situation when he was pulled over by the state police for reckless driving.  Thankfully, he and his family reached out to The Irving Law Firm for help and support. In what seemed like a perfect storm, the then 17 […]

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Child Abuse – Part I

Tired Boy Studying In Bedroom

“Hello?” “Mrs. Jones?” “Yes. Who’s this?” “Hello, my name is Ms. Dean.  I’m a social worker with Child Protective Services, and I’m calling to let you know that our office has received a complaint about Bobby.  Your son has extensive bruising around his left arm.  I don’t want to get […]

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