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February 2017 Archives

Is it smart criminal defense strategy to go to trial?

Is it good criminal defense strategy to reject a settlement offer and go to trial? Our Virginia criminal defense lawyers believe it unwise to provide a blanket answer to that question. Rather, we conduct a thorough investigation of a criminal case before coming up with an appropriate legal defense strategy.

4 commonly asked questions about divorce in Virginia

Ending a marriage is rarely an easy or simple task. Divorcing couples face confusion and hardships regarding property division, custody and court procedures. Understanding Virginia divorce law gives divorcing couples the clarity they need to understand the process and get through it more easily. Here are the answers to some common questions about divorcing in Virginia.

Does a first DUI offense result in jail time?

In Virginia, the penalties for a first-time conviction for driving under the influence vary based upon the time period and the blood alcohol concentration (BAC). The legal limit is a BAC level of 0.08 percent, and additional jail time is imposed for levels above 0.15 and 0.20 percent.

Tip: Review the tax consequences of your divorce settlement

Property division can be a stumbling block in divorces where one spouse took a more active role in managing the marital finances. With the help of an experienced attorney, a forensic inventory of the estate can be prepared, and the task of dividing tangible and intangible assets can begin.

Should you cooperate with police during a drunk driving stop?

With authorities stepping up enforcement efforts in Northern Virginia and across the state, a refresher on a driver's civil rights during a traffic stop may be in order. There are certain constitutional rights that every driver has, pursuant to the Fourth Amendment. Our criminal defense law firm is well acquainted with these rights because we focus on criminal law and drunk driving defense.

Are commercial foreclosure rates predicted to rise in 2017?

Has the American real estate market fully rebounded from the lending crisis and financial crash of 2007? A final repercussion from that situation has just surfaced, causing some commentators to ask hard questions about the future prospects of real estate investments and projects.

When your ex is continually hostile

The break-up of a marriage is a very emotional experience. So, it's not surprising that a certain amount of hostility can go along with it. Ideally, this hostility would never get to unhealthy levels and would fade over time. However, this ideal situation isn't always what happens. For example, sometimes, a person finds that their ex-spouse continues to act in a hostile manner towards them long after the initial split.

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