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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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Bond 101: The Basics

More than likely, the first thought when someone is arrested for a criminal offense is am I going to jail, and if so, when can I get out of jail? There is a lot of confusion about bail and bond procedures – it is even worse during such a time-sensitive and stressful time. A basic understanding of the terms and …

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What is Obstruction of Justice in Virginia?

Though there are few ways to obstruct justice in Virginia, typically the crime of obstruction occurs when “any person who, by threats or force, knowingly attempts to intimidate or impede a judge, magistrate, justice, juror, attorney for the Commonwealth, witness, any law-enforcement officer, or an animal control officer lawfully engaged in his duties as such, or to obstruct or impede …