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I-66 chase leads to multiple DUI charges for suspect

Police chases on the Interstate Highway system can often lead to multiple charges in several counties. In a recent incident on I-66, a man was ultimately charged with several counts related to drunk driving after he attempted to elude Virginia state police.

The incident began with a traffic stop on I-66 when the suspect was spotted heading west at a speed of 93 mph. The driver was pulled over and issued a citation for speeding. After the stop was concluded, the suspect continued heading west on I-66. Police followed and clocked his speed at 100 mph as he entered Fauquier County. During the course of the chase, the suspect allegedly struck another car with his vehicle. The suspect stopped voluntarily on Route 340 in Warren County. He was taken into custody with no further incident.

Modification of an order for child support in Virginia

Many residents of Northern Virginia believe that, when the court issues its final order and decree ending their marriages, no more formal legal proceedings will be necessary. This belief is correct for many couples, but for some individuals, changed circumstance can necessitate a return to court to modify one or more aspects of the judge's child support order.

One of the most frequent reasons that individuals seek a modification of the original order for child support is a change in the financial circumstances of one or both ex-spouses. For example, each spouse may be earning approximately similar incomes when the divorce decree is entered, and child support is calculated accordingly. Suppose that, in five years, the ex-spouse who is paying child support experiences a significant increase in income. The ex-spouse who is receiving child support may view the changed situation as unfair. Is there a remedy? Yes - a motion to modify the amount of child support that is paid.

Family abuse and custody decisions

Virginia courts generally give great weight to allegations of domestic violence (or family abuse, as the phenomenon is called in Virginia), but a recent study appears to indicate that such allegations may backfire against the parent who is alleging abuse by the other parent.

The study was conducted by a professor of clinical law at George Washington University and its principal conclusion was that mothers who report abuse are losing child custody at surprisingly high rates.

Road rage blamed in shooting incident on I-95

Road rage has become a common phenomenon in Virginia and most other states. Fortunately, the initial burst of anger rarely escalates, and the rage quickly dissipates. When the rage does not fade quickly, however, the original burst of anger can quickly into a serious and life threatening situation. A recent incident in which the driver of a Lexus fired shots at a Toyota Camry demonstrates what can happen.

According to police, the Camry entered I-95 from I-85 heading north. The unidentified driver of the Lexus fired a shot at the Camry, striking it in the rear driver's side. Police believe that the gunshot was part of an expression of road rage that began a short time earlier on I-95. The Lexus continued north on I-95 to Exit 58. The Lexus driver has not been identified. The driver of the Toyota was not injured, and he had no passengers. The police did not offer an explanation for how the driver of the Lexus could have fired a shot that hit the Camry in the driver's side.

The ABCs of a Virginia divorce

Most residents of Virginia who are contemplating seeking a divorce will hire an attorney to advise and represent them in this arduous process. Nevertheless, knowing what to expect in a divorce can help a person ask the right questions when choosing an attorney.

A person who seeks a divorce in Virginia must be a resident of the state for at least six months before the complaint is filed. In addition to the residency requirement, the couple must be legally separated for at least six months and have a written property agreement which both have signed. If the couple has minor children, the separation period is one year. The divorce proceeding formally begins when one or, occasionally, both spouses file a complaint for divorce. The complaint must be served on the other party and filed in the circuit court in the county where at least one party resides. The party who files the complaint must pay a filing fee of $86.00 plus other fees that may be imposed by the county. The party on whom the complaint is served will have 20 days to reply.

Alcohol blamed in head-on crash between car and golf cart

Golf carts can be familiar sights on or near golf courses but not usually on municipal streets. When golf carts stray from their usual habitats, the results can be catastrophic both for the cart and the driver. A recent accident in Smithfield demonstrates what happens when a golf cart ventures onto city streets.

According to the Smithfield Fire Department, a head-on crash involving a golf cart and a sedan was reported at about 12:45 a.m. When firefighters arrived at the scene, they found an overturned sedan and an overturned golf cart, both of which were heavily damaged. After interviewing witnesses, the firefights concluded that the golf cart had been traveling east in the westbound lane of Route 10 without the benefit of headlights. He was struck head-on by a 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage that was traveling west.

Police arrest suspect after chase speed reaches 115 mph

High speed car chases are routine in action movies, but they rarely occur in real life. Except in Warren County Virginia. Virginia State Police have arrested and charged a man who allegedly led officers on a chase that reached speeds of 115 mph.

The incident began as a traffic stop on I-81 in Shenandoah County 7 when a Virginia State Trooper attempted to stop a Toyota Corolla for driving 91 mph in a 70 mph speed zone. After the trooper turned on his flashing lights, the driver of the Toyota allegedly refused to stop. According to Virginia State Police, the Toyota driver sped away from the trooper who had attempted to make the initial stop.

A divorce can generate a wide spectrum of emotions

People in Virginia who are contemplating ending their marriages have many questions. Who will get custody of the kids? Where will I live? Will I receive alimony? Perhaps the most common question, one that rarely generates a straight answer, is "What does a divorce feel like?" A recent compilation of reactions from husbands and fathers illustrates the wide spectrum of emotions that a divorce can generate.

A common feeling is regret. Many respondents in the poll said that they believed that they could have avoided divorce if they had done a few things differently. Other respondents said that they were relieved that the divorce was underway. After living with constant conflict and anger for several years, the thought that this stress was finally ending was a great relief. If one party believes that their actions precipitated the divorce, guilt can be a common reaction. One man who had an affair during his marriage confessed to feeling that he felt "incredibly guilty" when his wife commenced a divorce proceeding.

Defense options are available for sexual assault allegations

While facing any type of criminal allegation can be major, there are some charges that can be more life impacting than others. Take sexual assault allegations for example. This is a very serious matter, and when a person in Virginia and elsewhere is accused of forcing someone to have unconsented sex, this could result in very harsh penalties if a conviction results. Thus, it is imperative that one considers the defense options available to them.

What defense options are available for sexual assault allegations? While there are a variety of defense actions a defendant could take, this post will focus on three. The first is to claim one's innocence. This means that the accused using an alibi to prove that they could not have committed the alleged act or that they were misidentified as the perpetrator.

Why you should not blow off a traffic ticket

Getting a traffic ticket is one of the most common offenses. No one would automatically think any less of you for the police pulling you over for a traffic violation, as most people receive a ticket sometime in their life.

When it seems like no big deal, you may believe the best course of action is to pay the fine and fulfill any other necessary requirements so you can move on with life. However, that may not always be the right choice.

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