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August 2018 Archives

DUI checkpoints increased across Virginia through Labor Day

Summer is coming to a close in Virginia, and Labor Day is often considered the last hurrah of the season. It is also a popular time to have picnics and parties, often where alcohol is served. Most people in Virginia are responsible drinkers and are aware that drunk driving could lead to undesirable legal consequences. Therefore, they will not become intoxicated over the Labor Day weekend. However, they should still be aware that Virginia police will be increasing the number of DUI checkpoints across the state from now through Labor Day weekend.

Tips for co-parenting during the school year after a divorce

Kids throughout Virginia are getting ready for the new school year. For parents that are divorced, however, preparing their child for school involves more than simply buying new shoes and school supplies. They will need to make sure that their child custody and visitation schedule is workable during the school year, and that they and their ex are on the same page when it comes to their child's education. The following are some tips on co-parenting during the school year.

What rights to Virginia juveniles have when accused of a crime?

Teenagers in Virginia sometimes make mistakes or fall in with the wrong crowd. They are still developing mentally and do not have the foresight or maturity of a grown adult. For these reasons, except in the case of serious criminal offenses, a juvenile accused of a crime will not always go through the same criminal trial process as an adult.

Virginia still takes a hard stance against marijuana crimes

Marijuana use is increasingly being seen as beneficial in certain circumstances. Many states have legalized the cultivation, sale and use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. However, recreational use of the drug is still illegal in most states, including Virginia. In addition, those who provide marijuana to another person could also be convicted of a drug crime.

Postnuptial agreements are as practical as prenuptial agreements

For many couples in Virginia, the months and weeks leading up to their wedding is an exciting time, as they dream about their future "'til death do us part." And while couples may see the world through rose-tinted glasses prior to marriage, the fact is that not every marriage is meant to last. While some couples in Virginia may have been advised to execute a premarital agreement (prenuptial agreement) to cover their interests should they divorce, many simply do not do so. However, what if a couple doesn't enter into a premarital agreement prior to getting married, but once married, wish they had?

Student loan debt a factor in some divorces, survey says

Years ago, it was entirely possible to pay your way through college by working a part time job and perhaps taking out a small loan. After graduation, you would be able to get a well-paying job, so the loan was easily paid back. During this time, you would be able to move on with your life. You could get married, buy a house and perhaps even have children. In short, your student debt, if you had any at all, was not onerous.

What is an ignition interlock device and how does it work?

If you are convicted in Virginia on charges of driving while intoxicated or maiming of another resulting from driving while intoxicated, under Virginia Code §18.2-270.1, you may have to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. This is in addition to any other penalties associated with the crime you were convicted upon. This can be very detrimental in a number of ways.

Virginia law recognizes two separate drunk driving offenses

Most people in Virginia are aware that if they are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, the police may administer a chemical test, such as a breath test, to determine the driver's blood alcohol content. It is well known that if the driver's BAC measures at 0.08 percent or above, the driver can be charged with driving under the influence. However, what many people may not know is that it is possible to be convicted of a drunk driving offense even if one's blood alcohol content is below 0.08 percent.

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