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The pros and cons of expungement in Virginia
Have a conviction on record in Virginia? Then this article is for you. It discusses the basics of the expungement process.
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Bill would eliminate jail time for pot
Check out this article about how a bill was recently introduced in the Virginia Senate that would eliminate jail time for first-time marijuana offenses and make expungements for those offenses easier to come by. The bill has largely disappointed marijuana reform advocates who had hoped that 2018 would be the year when Virginia finally decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana, a move that 80 percent of Virginians support.
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Car data requires a search warrant
Take a look at this article about how the U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to hear an appeal concerning whether police are required to get a search warrant before downloading a car’s black box data. An appeals court ruled earlier this year that police do in fact require such a warrant and that drivers have a reasonable expectation that their car’s data is private. In declining to hear the case, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the appeals court.
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A look at new Virginia DUI laws
Check out this article about several new DUI laws that recently went into effect in Virginia. Commercial drivers in the Commonwealth now face increased fines and mandatory minimum jail sentences for certain DUI convictions. Furthermore, while blood-test refusals have been decriminalized following an important U.S. Supreme Court decision, the penalties for refusing a breath test have been increased.
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Eyewitnesses in Virginia
Learn the reasons why eyewitness accounts have been linked to an overwhelming number of wrongful convictions. Multiple factors affect the way someone remembers an event, from their perception of what is happening to whether or not a weapon was present. Read about why appearances – even defining characteristics – may be misleading in these cases.
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Four reasons to hire a Virginia DUI lawyer
Read more to learn why it may benefit drivers in Virginia who have been charged with drunk driving to obtain legal representation. Driving under the influence is considered a serious offense in Virginia, and thus, may be punished harshly. Their familiarity with the laws and procedures and understanding of the evidence and the penalties may help criminal defense lawyers look out for their clients’ interests and limit the fallout from their arrests.
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Did you really see the suspect?
Take a minute to read this article that touches on some common problems with eyewitness identifications. Witnesses have even identified strangers as people they know, and too many people are being wrongfully convicted. An attorney can help advocate for defendants’ rights and hopefully minimize the damage from inaccurate eyewitness statements.
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Healthy ways to deal with anger
Find out how to manage and deal with your anger in a way that is healthy and supportive. Read this article to learn how exercise, talking with someone, writing your thoughts down and owning your anger for what it is can all keep you out of the Virginia judicial system or doing something you might regret.
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Spike in overdose deaths at VA high school brings attention to prescription drug and spice use
Many teens are unaware of the fact that prescription drug abuse and possession of spice is illegal in VA. This article is beneficial to anyone facing drug charges in the state.
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Students charged with marijuana possession face serious consequences
Read this article to learn about the consequences of a marijuana possession charge - and what to do about it.
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