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December 2017 Archives

How Virginia courts are helping inmates get sober and stay sober

Prison can be a revolving door for addicts who take a wrong turn trying to feed their addiction. The lack of resources offered to inmates suffering from addiction does little to nothing to ensure these offenders will not return to jail. Sadly, this is the typical story echoing throughout our prison systems today.

Domestic violence: A real problem that could destroy reputations

Domestic violence is a serious problem in the United States, so much so that many people refer to it as an epidemic. While women are more likely to be victims of violence in their households, men are also exposed to domestic violence. Around 15 percent of all domestic violence cases involve men as victims.

Drunk driving: Sobriety checkpoints on high alert

Sobriety checkpoints are fairly common around the holidays, and this Christmas and New Year's period is no different. A Dec. 22 report states that Virginia will have several checkpoints across the state thanks to the Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign. So far in December, the Virginia State Police have conducted around 750 saturation patrols and another 100 DUI checkpoints.

Who can use the insanity defense?

When you're accused of a crime that you don't remember committing or that you believe you committed under the influence of drugs or another substance, you may be able to use an insanity defense. People with a history of mental illness, those who are driven to extremes because of their situations and others may have a good chance in court by using this solid defense technique.

Sharing medications: One way to get into trouble with the law

Your friend has been in pain, and you have some prescription-strength medications you want to share with him. You know that they're prescribed to you, but you also realize that your friend could get a similar prescription for pain if he went to the doctor. Giving him yours isn't a big deal, right?

Same-sex divorce and asset division in Virginia: Pivotal issues

When it comes to divorce, there are still many questions about the legal rights of same-sex partners in Virginia. While the June 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges has been seen as a major civil-rights victory, according to an NPR news report, it is not always clear how the expected same-sex marriage protections from Obergefell will apply to same-sex divorce in Virginia courts.

What are Virginia's custody laws?

Custody laws vary in every state, but they are extremely similar. That's thanks in part to the Uniform Child Custody Act (UCCA), which is designed to make custody decisions hold up between states. For example, if a mother wins custody in Florida, the father can't take the children to Alabama and expect a change in the custody arrangement just because of traveling to a new state.

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