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Appealing Custody, Child Support, or Alimony in Virginia

Posted by Evelyn Mitchell | Sep 03, 2019 | 0 Comments

Once you have a final order in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, the fight may have just begun. Both parties have the right to a de novo appeal, so long as he or she files the paperwork within 10 days of the entry of the final order and pays the filing fee for appealing. This means that each party gets a second bite at the apple, as though the first trial had not happened.

Revenge Porn Law Has Expanded to Include Deepfakes

Posted by Anna Chludzinski | Jul 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

As of July 1, 2019 Virginia officially expanded its revenge porn law to include ‘deepfakes.’ The amendment makes Virginia one of the first states in the country with a law covering deepfakes. Creators often implant unsuspecting women’s faces onto pornographic images or videos, making them victims of nonconsensual pornography or “revenge porn.”

Preparing to Testify In Court

Posted by Anna Chludzinski | Jun 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Having recently gone through the experience of testifying in court as a witness for the first time myself I can honestly say it is a nerve wracking experience. Prior to this I have been in court thousands of times often standing in front of hundreds of people and while questioning witnesses and m...

Why All The New Abortion Laws?

Posted by Anna Chludzinski | May 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

More opportunities to uphold, restrict, or eliminate the fundamental right established by Roe v. Wade are coming to the Supreme Court later this year. Until then state lawmakers will continue their onslaught of new abortion law proposals in an attempt to get ahead of the curve, whichever way the Court swings.

Virginia Expungements

Posted by Anna Chludzinski | May 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

In Virginia VERY few people are eligible to have a charge expunged from their record. Virginia law requires a claim of “actual innocence,” meaning not only must your charge have been dismissed, it must have been dismissed in the correct way.

SIJS Law In Virginia

Posted by Anna Chludzinski | Apr 05, 2019 | 0 Comments

Virginia General Assembly just passed two identical bills that will aid immigrant children fleeing abuse, neglect, and abandonment in their home countries to obtain protection in Virginia through Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS).

Mistakes to Avoid During a Custody & Visitation Trial

Posted by Evelyn Mitchell | Mar 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

TOP 10 MISTAKES TO MAKE REGARDING CUSTODY AND VISITATION TRIALS 1. Don't Worry About Your Ex - Worry About the Judge There is one person to worry about in a custody and visitation case.  The judge. Avoid letting your emotions get the best of you when your ex or your ex's lawyer baits you.   Yo...

Child Custody and Relocating - Can I Move?

Posted by Evelyn Mitchell | Feb 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

RELOCATION and MOVING When You Have Joint or Shared Custody of Your Child in Virginia The court can't keep me here, right?  It most certainly can.  We routinely see cases where a job brings a family to the area, the family breaks up, and the party seeking to return to their “home” is not able t...

Paying Fines and Costs Online in Virginia

Posted by Anna Chludzinski | Feb 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

It is important to pay traffic tickets and criminal fines and court costs on time. If you pay your fines and costs late it can have a number of negative consequences such as suspension of your driver's license, conviction of a charge that had been deferred and was set to be dismissed, and even the imposition of suspended jail time.

Drug Charges - What You Need to Know

Posted by Anna Chludzinski | Feb 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you have been charged with a drug offense you are not alone, they are one of the most common criminal charges judges see come in and out of their courtrooms. That being said they are also one of the most legally complex charges criminal defense attorneys face.

Paul Manafort - What Happens When A Plea Agreement Falls Apart?

Posted by Evelyn Mitchell | Feb 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Recently, the New York Times reported that the government has been released from the plea agreement with Defendant Paul Manafort. What happened, and why? And could this happen to you? There are many types of plea agreements. Paul Manafort entered into a written plea agreement in which he was to cooperate with the government and provide information that he knew. While we are not privy to the details, it is clear that he did not live up to his end of the bargain.

Reckless Driving in Virginia

Posted by Anna Chludzinski | Jan 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Reckless driving in Virginia is a class 1 misdemeanor, meaning it is a criminal offense punishable with up to 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. Reckless driving also carries six DMV points and a potential license suspension of up to six months. Further, a reckless driving conviction stays on your Virginia DMV record for 11 years, and your criminal records for the rest of your life.

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