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How are modifications and appeals different in child custody?

Child custody matters can oftentimes turn into contentious court battles. When a child custody case is determined in a manner in you don't feel is correct, you might decide that you are going to explore your options for getting the matter corrected.

In some cases, you might be able to appeal a child custody ruling. This is much different than going through the modification process, so you must ensure you understand the differences.

What is domestic abuse in Virginia?

As someone who loves your family, it was likely incredibly hurtful when you found out your spouse accused you of domestic violence. What you thought was a spat ended up causing you serious trouble.

The issue with domestic violence claims is that they cover a wide number of issues. Physical violence is what most people think of when they talk about domestic violence, but emotional abuse, neglect, economic abuse and sexual assault are all different kinds of domestic abuse you could face charges for.

Man gets 2 years for participation in prostitution ring

Sex crimes come in a number of forms, but in all cases, they're prosecutable. Whether you're accused of being involved in a child pornography ring or of assaulting another person, it's important that you have the right defense to protect your rights. It's easy for your reputation to be damaged before the truth comes out, even if you are cleared of any wrongdoing later.

In Portsmouth, the news recently reported on a man who will be serving two years in prison. He's been convicted of aiding a prostitution ring. The 24-year-old had been tried on charges for assisting a commercial sex-trafficking operation and for abduction, but he pleaded not guilty to both.

Learn the options for dealing with your drunk driving charges

Drunk driving charges can impact your life from costing you money on increased insurance premiums to having to deal with not having a driver's license. We know that this can be a troubling thing for you to face, but it is important that you face it head-on. You shouldn't try to just ignore what is going on because this can lead to you not being able to present a defense. We want you to know that you do have options in a drunk driving case. We can help you to learn about what choices you have.

The circumstances of the drunk driving case are important when you are trying to determine what you are going to do. You have to think carefully about how you are going to answer to the charges. You will also need to decide how you are going to handle the administrative penalties of the situation.

Virginia is strict on drunk drivers

If you're stopped and accused of drunk driving in Virginia, know that the state takes that charge very seriously. There are mandatory minimum penalties that you face even for a first conviction.

A conviction for a first-offense DUI leads to a mandatory minimum fine of $250, for example. You also have the potential to lose your driver's license for a year. This applies if you refuse to take a breath test as well.

Virginia lawmakers expand sex-offender legislation

As someone facing a sex offender charge, it's important that you understand how you could be affected by the law in ways other than a prison sentence or fines. If you're convicted, you'll be placed on a sex-offender registry, which affects the places you can work or go. It affects the activities you can participate in as well.

A new sex offender bill in Virginia aims to reduce the areas in which registered sex offenders can live and travel. The goal of the bill is to keep those who are registered out of communities, but what could that mean for you?

Domestic violence accusations require immediate attention

We recently discussed some of the finer points of domestic violence incidents. If you recall, we discussed how not all domestic violence is physical. Other types, including emotional, sexual and financial are also possible. When you are accused of any form of domestic violence, you might find that your life changes dramatically.

One way that these accusations can impact you immediately is that you might not be able to go back home. You will have to find a place to stay if the court orders you to stay away from your alleged victim. This places a huge burden on you because it was something you might not be prepared to do.

Is all domestic violence physical?

As someone who is non-violent and who loves his partner, it's a horrible feeling to know that you've been accused of domestic violence. How could someone accuse you of being violent when you've never touched your partner at all? There are a few things to consider. For one thing, not all domestic violence is violent in nature. Although the terminology suggested that you must be physically abusive to be involved in a domestic dispute, it's not the case at all.

What is domestic violence?

This is how fast your blood alcohol concentration could rise

When you go out to drink with friends, colleagues or on your own, you need to understand how alcohol affects your body. Failing to understand the rate at which your blood alcohol concentration increases puts you at risk of getting drunk. If you decide to drive in that state, then you could be pulled over and arrested for drunk driving.

Breathalyzers can pick up alcohol in your blood as soon as 15 minutes after your first drink. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism widely reports that if you drink only one standard 12-ounce beer, a 1.5-ounce shot of spirits or a 5-ounce glass of wine, you'll stay within safe limits at all times.

Keep a clear head and cite laws as you work out the divorce terms

There are many different things that can lead to the end of a marriage. If you are facing a divorce, you have a lot of points to consider. These include who is going to move out of the marital home, where the children are going to live, and who is going to receive what assets.

It is completely understandable that you might be concerned about the process. Going through a divorce is something that is rather stressful, especially if this is your first divorce. You should make sure that you completely understand what is going on at each step of the process so that you can ensure you are protecting your interests.

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