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New 2021 Virginia Cell Phone Laws to Know About

Posted by John A. Kassabian | Mar 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

As a Virginia driver, you're certainly aware of the fact that far too many people drive while using their phones. It's an easy habit to get into, especially when there have been few repercussions for those who use their phones while operating a vehicle. As a result of Virginia House Bill 874, a...

New Virginia DUI Laws 2020 and 2021

Posted by John A. Kassabian | Jan 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

DUI charges in Virginia are some of the toughest to overcome in court. Even a first-time DUI in Virginia is a criminal misdemeanor, and carries the potential for jail time, up to $2500 in fines, loss of driving privileges, being placed on probation, ignition interlock and a permanent negative e...

New Drug Law Prevents Arrests for Overdose Cases

Posted by John A. Kassabian | Dec 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Changes to Virginia drug laws are definitely a subject of interest in the Commonwealth in 2020. Not only has marijuana possession been decriminalized, but under Senate Bill 667, Virginia legislative code has been amended so that anyone who calls for emergency medical help for themselves or some...

Important New Changes to Virginia Firearms Laws

Posted by John A. Kassabian | Nov 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

If you ever use a firearm in a group situation, you'll definitely want to be educated about some changes to Virginia firearms laws. The changes have sparked debates across the state, so you may have already heard about them, but it's important to make sure you fully understand what is now requi...

Virginia Grand Larceny Threshold Doubles Again

Posted by John A. Kassabian | Nov 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

In 2018, when the threshold (aka, minimum requirement to be charged) for grand larceny in Virginia jumped from $200 to $500, it was the first increase in the threshold in nearly 40 years. But on July 1 of this year, we saw the threshold amount increase again, this time from $500 to $1000. While t...

New Virginia Ignition Interlock Device Laws for DUIDs

Posted by John A. Kassabian | Oct 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

Being charged with a first offense DUID (driving under the influence of drugs) in the Commonwealth of Virginia carries a variety of harsh penalties, but recent changes to Virginia interlock law have made life a little easier for those facing a first-time DUID. Under the changes,  those facing a f...

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