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What is considered domestic violence?

When people hear "domestic violence," they often conjure images of physical violence. While physical violence certainly can constitute domestic violence, the definition of domestic violence is much broader. This means that those who find themselves embroiled in a domestic dispute may find themselves unexpectedly facing criminal charges or being subjected to a protective order.

The basics of juvenile crimes and what to do if charged

Juvenile crimes are important to understand because there is a lot on the line for young people who have been accused of committing a crime. Offenses committed by juveniles are treated somewhat differently than offenses committed by adults, so it is helpful to know the differences between the two types of crimes so that appropriate criminal defense tactics can be developed.

What is a sex offender registry?

A concern that accused individuals facing sex crimes charges may have is if they will have to register with a sex offender registry and what that means. Anyone facing sex crimes charges should understand what a sex offender registry is and the potential impacts of sex crimes allegations and charges.

When can I challenge a Breathalyzer test?

Breathalyzer tests can be challenged under certain circumstances and accused individuals should know what those circumstances are. To produce reliable and accurate results, Breathalyzer tests must be properly maintained and calibrated and if they are not, it may be possible to challenge drunk driving charges that are based on a Breathalyzer test.

What is expungement?

Expungement, also sometimes referred to as expunction, can be critically important to individuals who have been convicted of a crime, which is why they should be familiar with the expunction process. Many understandable questions may come up related to the expungement process that convicted individuals should ensure they have answers to.

Legal defense options protect against drug charges

Drug charges are serious criminal charges which is why accused individuals need a strong criminal defense strategy protecting them. The benefits of a strong criminal defense strategy can include the possibility that the charges or potential penalties or consequences the accused individual is facing may be reduced or dropped altogether.

Felony murder rule may ensnare suspected child abuser

Virginia's felony murder rule often seems like a relic of the ancient common law, but the rule can have up-to-date teeth for those accused of a felony in which another person died. The rule may be applied in the recent case of a man who is charged with the sexual abuse and murder of his girlfriend's young son.

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.

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.

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