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How Will The New Marijuana Laws Affect My Custody Case in VA?

How Will The New Marijuana Laws Affect My Custody Case in VA?

Written by Charles Hatley on . Posted in , , .
As of July 1, 2021 it is legal for adults to possess up to 1 oz of marijuana in Virginia. Many are excited about this change in the law; however, it does come with a few caveats. As with most new laws there are a lot of questions about how this wi…

Credit Card Offenses in Virginia

Written by Melone Hatley, P.C. on . Posted in .
  There are three categories of credit card offenses in Virginia: credit card theft, credit card forgery, and credit card fraud. Virginia classifies credit card offenses as a type of identity theft and treats these offenses as a serious crim…
When Should I Seek a Protective Order?

When Should I Seek a Protective Order?

Written by Rebecca Melone on . Posted in , , .
In any family law situation, whether it’s a divorce, child custody, or support case, emotions can run high and can even turn violent. Family violence has a broad definition and can include physical violence, emotional abuse, threats, threatening b…
I’ve Been Served With A Protective Order, What Do I Do Now?

I’ve Been Served With A Protective Order, What Do I Do Now?

Written by Rebecca Melone on . Posted in , .
Protective Orders can be one of the most alarming and hard to understand aspects of family law. A spouse can get a protective order against you and have you removed from the home within a matter of hours. Then you will have to stay out of the home…

Get the Facts about DUI Laws in Virginia

Written by Melone Hatley, P.C. on . Posted in .
Drunk driving offenses are aggressively prosecuted in the commonwealth of Virginia. Even a first-time offense can result in harsh financial penalties, loss of driving privileges, and even jail time, as well as several other negative consequences….

Open Container Laws in Virginia

Written by Melone Hatley, P.C. on . Posted in .
Many Virginians are surprised to learn that the Commonwealth does not currently prohibit passengers in a motor vehicle from having open alcohol containers. Several attempts from the Virginia General Assembly to codify a provision against open …

Refusing a Blood Alcohol Test in Virginia

Written by Melone Hatley, P.C. on . Posted in .
If you are arrested for a DUI and you refuse to take the blood or breath test at the police station, you might face serious consequences for that refusal. The law of implied consent in Virginia requires drivers to submit to blood or breath testing…

Reckless Driving in Virginia

Written by Melone Hatley, P.C. on . Posted in .
  Virginia defines reckless driving as driving “recklessly or at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person.” Va. Code 46.2-852. It is classified as a Class 1 Misdemeanor. A person convicted of a Class …
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