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Expungement in Virginia: A Clean Slate

First of all, what is an Expungement? Well, contrary to popular belief, when a criminal charge is dismissed, the charge itself still remains on your record—forever in Virginia. If a charge was dismissed (with no delayed adjudication), nolle-prossed, or if you were found not guilty, you can petition the Court to remove the charges from your record – this is …

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Drunk in Public: It Can Ruin More than Just Your Night

Even the most responsible of social drinkers run the risk of getting charged with Drunk in Public, a Class 4 misdemeanor. Drunk in Public, or Public Intoxication, is defined by Virginia code as “If any person profanely curses or swears or is intoxicated in public, whether such intoxication results from alcohol, narcotic drug or other intoxicant or drug of whatever …

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Financial Tips When Facing a Divorce in 2017

Divorce is an extremely personal situation and can be emotionally, mentally, and physically draining. The financial impact of a divorce can, to some, be even more daunting then then the legal separation itself. However, we have provided some simple steps to make the financial aspect of divorce a little less daunting: Gather and keep records of all financial documents. Having important financial documents …

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Divorce: Equitable Distribution & Deviations

In a Virginia divorce, martial property is divided through a process known as equitable distribution. The goal of equitable distribution is to divide the property as fairly and evenly as possible. Typically, this means that the property is split 50/50 between the parties. Factors the court will consider in the distribution include, but are not limited to, the contributions, monetary …

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Tips to Make Visitation Exchanges Easier

Trust me when I say that custody and visitation cases almost always involve some stress, annoyances, and difficulties, no matter what terms you are on with your ex. Exchanging your child with the opposing party can be frustrating and maddening, however, this is one of those times that you need to put what is best for your child before what …

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Criminal Defense Vocab

Criminal hearings can be stressful without the confusion of what certain legal terms mean. To help ease the legal process, here are a few helpful vocabulary terms. Statute of Limitations A statute of limitation, in a criminal case, refers to how long the state has to prosecute a case. For example, for an assault and battery case the Commonwealth has …

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In-Home Separation: What’s That?!

One of the requirements for a no-fault divorce in Virginia is you must have lived “separate and apart” from your spouse for a period of six months if you have no minor children and a signed property settlement agreement, or one year if you do have minor children. Many people assume that this means you cannot live in the same …

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Tips for a Better Initial Consultation

So, you’ve taken the first step. You’ve called an attorney and made an appointment to sit down and discuss your matter. But what happens now? We want you to be prepared for your initial consultation – we believe that by being fully prepared, you will get the most information possible out of the hour (or so) you spend with our …