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Making a Personal Injury Claim: The Statute of Limitations in Virginia

The Personal Injury Statute of Limitations of Virginia sets a specific time frame that must be met if a person seeking damages wants to sue. If an injured person does not bring legal action within this time frame they may lose their right to seek damages—lose their rights forever.Knowing how long you have available to take legal action on personal injury in Virginia is, therefore, important as it allows you time to prepare your case and seek advice. How [...]

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9 Things You Should Know If You’re a Repeat DUI Offender

Virginia classifies DUI offenses as Class 1 Misdemeanor acts punishable by up to 1 year in jail. If you are convicted of a second, third, or subsequent DUI offense in Virginia within 5-10 years, you will face harsh penalties that include mandatory fines, jail time and the loss of your driving privileges. A DUI arrest can be a terrifying experience which worsens if it’s a repeat time. Here are the important things you should know if you're a repeat [...]

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Reckless Driving in Virginia: What to Expect in Court

So you were reckless ... and you were driving. You were going 25 miles per hour over the speed limit, and you barely dodged a mini-van that changed lanes in front of you.A Virginia State Trooper saw the whole thing. He pulled you over and wrote a ticket. He handed you the reckless driving ticket and told you to remember your court date. You're scared. You're overwhelmed. What should you do? Virginia Reckless Driving Laws Virginia, like many states, has a [...]

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Can I Go to Jail for Driving on a Suspended License in Virginia?

While you may regard driving as a basic right, the fact is that operating a vehicle is something that must be earned and maintained by demonstrating lawful driving. Under certain circumstances, your Virginia driver’s license can be suspended for a specific period of time, depending on your driving record or particular violation(s). Even with all life responsibilities, driving on a suspended license is a mistake that you cannot afford because of the major consequences that come with it. Is Driving [...]

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Is a DUI/DWI a Felony or Misdemeanor in Virginia? What Are the Penalties?

Virginia categorizes Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) together, although there are subtle distinctions between the two drunk driving classifications.  DWI determinations are made by taking a blood sample, or a breath sample using a breathalyzer.  A DUI conviction is obtained when there is sufficient evidence that a person has consumed enough alcohol, or other substances, to result in observable impairment of conduct, speech, coordination, or overall appearance. How Are DUIs and DWIs Classified? First offense DUI/DWI convictions are classified [...]

Overweight and Oversized Citations by your Virginia Beach Trucker’s Attorney

If you are an owner, employee, or contractor working for or with a logistics, freight or a distribution company involved in the movement of goods, you absolutely must have a firm understanding of the laws of the road.  Unfortunately, the laws in Virginia can be harsh in this regard.  There have been reports of overweight citations issued to individuals, despite the fact that they possessed valid hauling permits.  For an interesting blog article on the topic entitled, Virginia Hauling [...]

Celebrities Caught Driving Under the Influence

It seems like celebrities getting caught driving under the influence have become a common occurrence these days. Whether we read it on the newspaper or see it on television, it's no surprise to see another Hollywood celeb caught drunk driving.While we expect these stars to face charges just like the rest of the people who arrested for DUI, their cases rarely result in jail time, or if they do, only for a very short stint. Could this be one [...]

38-Year Old Father Faces 5th DUI Charge

Brian Whittemore, 38 years old, is now facing his fifth DUI charge after he was spotted outside a liquor store with a child hanging out of the car.According to report, the Florida father was arrested by the police while he was driving with three children inside the car. At the time of the incident, three kids were with the suspect but only one of the children was Whittemore’s.Whittemore said during the field sobriety test, I'm just trying to get [...]

What You Need to Know About DUI Traffic Stops

This post will be dedicated to answering the most common questions about driving under the influence, legal alcohol limits, defending a drunk driving case, and finding the right DUI lawyer in Norfolk, VA.What is the legal limit for blood alcohol limit (BAC)?It is illegal for you to drive while impaired by ANY substance. Impairment means that enough of the drug is in your system to alter your thinking and driving. Many people impaired long before they think they are.For [...]

What Does It Mean to Be Charged With A DUI?

The term DUI is an umbrella term. The actual offense(s) you are charged with will depend on the specific nature of the crime. Different factors, like prior convictions, intoxication level, offense severity, and whether or not anyone was injured or killed as a result of the crime will determine the actual criminal charge. Understand that you are never charged with a DUI, but with a combination of the most specific charges. Because there are so many nuances to a [...]