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Driving on a suspended license could cause major problems

If you were arrested on charges of driving after having too much to drink and you refused to comply with blood alcohol testing, you now likely find yourself without a license. While you know there are ways to be granted approval for driving within certain hours and for certain reasons like employment or school, you may decide it isn't worth it to jump through hoops to obtain a hardship license, especially since you have never been pulled over before.

What are some reasons you may do jail time for a DUI?

If you've been pulled over, tested and arrested on charges of a DUI, you may have experienced your first taste of being treated like a common criminal. If you have no idea what to expect and fear your freedom could be taken away, it may help to know what charges come with the possibility of jail time as a standard.

Reality stars headed to court for child custody case

Virginia residents who follow reality shows might have heard of the series that takes places in South Carolina called "Southern Charm," and those who are unfamiliar could still be interested when wanting to know about family law issues as the latest drama surrounding two stars of the show involves a custody battle. Various media outlets are reporting that 54-year-old Thomas Ravenel is filing a suit regarding a custody agreement about his two children with 24-year-old Kathryn Dennis.

How can I fight per se DUI laws?

You were pulled over for suspected drunk driving. Before any other testing, you were given an on-the-spot Breathalyzer test and blew .08 percent. No other tests followed, instead, you were handcuffed and hauled off in a cop car, packed into a holding cell with vagrants and began feeling like the lowest of the low. Now you find you are facing charges of DUI because you were "per se" above the legal limit.

What is the typical penalty for a DUI conviction?

It is a real struggle to wrap your mind around criminal charges if you have never been in trouble with the law. However, once you have crossed that threshold into the land of an arrest and possibly a conviction, you face a new reality. Beyond coping with the immediate fear and feelings of both restriction from freedom and elimination of common courtesy and respect, loom the fallout effects of serious charges and a record.

Modifying child support when circumstances change

Some Virginia parents who are ordered to pay child support may find it difficult to make payments. If the parent has experienced a major change in financial circumstances, it may be possible to seek and obtain a modification of the ordered amount to reflect the change in income.

What is the penalty for DUI vehicular manslaughter?

In Virginia, if you cause the death of someone as an unintended result of something you did, you could be found guilty of manslaughter. If you were operating a motor vehicle and the vehicle caused the death, the charge is vehicular manslaughter. If you happened to be under the influence of narcotics or alcohol at the time of the incident, you still could be charged with vehicular manslaughter.

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