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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 …

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It’s a Break Up…Not a Break Down!

We’ve all been there…that moment right after you hear those dreaded four words, “we need to talk.” Your mind starts racing, your heart beats faster, and you think you’re going to be sick. You’re suddenly in the middle of a break up and it’s one of the worst feelings in the world. Sadly, it doesn’t just go away overnight. Like …

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Holcomb Law Wins TWO Choice Awards

Holcomb Law would like to thank YOU for voting for us for the 2016 Daily Press Choice Awards. Because of your voting and steadfast support, we WON the awards for BOTH the Criminal Defense and Family Law categories, the two categories for which we were nominated, for the SECOND year in a row! Wayne attended the Gala Thursday night at …

Vote For Holcomb Law in the 2016 Daily Press Choice Awards!

     Holcomb Law is a proud participant in the 2016 Daily Press Readers’ Choice Awards! The Choice Awards recognizes local businesses for being the best in their field of expertise. But, you don’t just receive an award – you have to earn it – and that’s where we need your help!     From Wednesday, September 14th, to Sunday, October …

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The Police Impounded My Vehicle! Can They Do That?

In Virginia, there are six main ways in which your car can be impounded. The first instance a vehicle may be impounded is if you’re arrested. If your vehicle is not legally parked, then police may impound it. Va. Code 19.2-80.1 states “in any case in which a police officer arrests the operator of a motor vehicle and there is …

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Do I Really Need an Attorney for Possession of Marijuana?

In Virginia, possession of marijuana is illegal and is considered a misdemeanor. Va. Code § 18.2-250.1 states “it is unlawful for any person to knowingly or intentionally  possess marijuana unless the substance was obtained directly from, or pursuant to, a valid prescription or order of a practitioner while acting in the course of his professional practice, or except as otherwise …

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The Unrealistic Portrayal of Law on TV

Most of my clients have had little to no experience with the court system, perhaps aside from a simple traffic ticket, and THIS IS A GOOD THING! However, many believe they understand the legal system because their favorite shows are Law and Order, Boston Legal, or the People’s Court. Often, I have to explain that cases don’t get settled in …