Category: Criminal Law

What’s The Charge For Underage Drinking in Virginia?

What’s The Charge For Underage Drinking in Virginia?

As the weather begins to warm up, local concert venues begin to open their doors. While thousands in the Northern Virginia area responsibly enjoy concerts at venues such as Jiffy Lube Live, Wolftrap, and Jammin Java, inevitably many young people will consume alcohol while enjoying music at these venues. One […]

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What is the difference between sexual assault and rape?

What is the difference between sexual assault and rape?

The legal definitions of sexual assault and rape vary depending on state laws. Some states do not even use those terms in their penal codes to classify sex-related crimes, opting for labels such as sexual misconduct and sexual battery instead. In Virginia and some other states, however, sexual assault serves […]

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What To Do When You’re Charged With a Crime You Did Not Commit in Virginia

What To Do When You’re Charged With a Crime You Did Not Commit in Virginia

One of the most daunting and agonizing situations you can face is being charged with a crime that you did not commit. It will make you feel helpless and baffled, frustrated beyond belief that authorities do not understand how wrong they are. The impact of landing in such dire circumstances […]

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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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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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