What to do About Custody, Visitation, Property, and Other Issues While the Divorce is Proceeding

Filing for divorce can be a lengthy process in Virginia, even if the spouses agree to a no-fault divorce. Sometimes, divorce cases can drag on through the court system for years, but in many cases there are real issues that need to be resolved immediately while the case is going through the courts. Virginia law allows for a family law court to issue “pendente lite” orders to address immediate needs of custody, Read More

The Benefits of Divorce Mediation in Virginia

One of the most popular trends in divorce negotiation is avoiding the contentious litigation in court and instead choosing to settle differences through mediation. There are many benefits to choosing divorce mediation in Virginia instead of traditional divorce proceedings if both spouses are prepared to enter into divorce negotiations with a collaborative, instead of litigious, mindset. A local Virginia divorce Read More

Can a Protective Order Be Granted for Online Abuse in VA?

Cyberbullying and cyberstalking have become some of the most talked about legal terms in recent decades as online interaction has had the unfortunate consequence of facilitating the ability of individuals to intimidate and harass others. State and federal laws do not always keep up to-the-minute with new technological developments, but Virginia has enacted laws which do address and prohibit cyberstalking. A common Read More

Why Sorority/Fraternity Hazing Can Land You in Jail in Virginia

Virginia has a long, rich history of higher education, and many of the nation’s oldest fraternities and sororities began right here in our state. Indeed, the very first Greek organization in the United States was started at the College of William and Mary when Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776, the year of our country’s birth. Initiation rites for sororities and fraternities have a rich (if largely secret) history Read More

Can You Be Charged With a DUI/DWI For Drugs?

There is much confusion out there surrounding DUI/DWI laws, which is due in part to the fact that drunk driving laws are set in place by state law, so what might apply in Texas or California does not necessarily apply in Virginia. And while many states do enforce DUI laws that make it a crime to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of .08% or higher, there are other situations in which a police Read More

When do the Police Have to “Read Me My Rights?”

We’ve all seen it in countless movies and police TV shows: that dramatic moment when the detective tells the suspect, “You have the right to remain silent…” But it can be confusing for the viewer to know when and why this occurs, and whether the actor is reading the other actor his rights because it is the legally accurate time for that to happen or if it just makes for a good cliffhanger to lead to the commercial Read More

When Do I Have a Right to an Attorney in a Virginia Criminal Investigation?

Being under criminal investigation is one of the scariest ordeals you may ever have to go through, and, no matter how many detective shows you’ve watched on TV, facing the questions of police officers, detectives, agents, and other members of law enforcement can leave you confused, shaken, and not sure where to turn. One of the biggest mistakes that people under criminal investigation make is believing that talking Read More

Does Asking For A Lawyer Make Me Look Guilty?

When you are approached by law enforcement - either in the form of local police or state or federal investigators and prosecutors - to speak about matters you or may or may not have been involved in, you might try to remember all the things you’ve heard about your constitutional rights as they are often described in television shows and movies. You might recall that police are required to read you your Miranda rights Read More

Criminal Defense

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