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New VA DUI and Ignition Interlock Laws for July 2021

Posted by John A. Kassabian | Oct 07, 2021 | 0 Comments

Several new laws that went into effect on July 1 will make a big difference for those convicted of a first-offense DUI in Virginia. Senate bill 439 and House Bill 1336 both passed and with their passage comes a significant reduction in requirements and punishments for those convicted of first-off...

New VA Gun Control Laws Take Effect July 1

Posted by John A. Kassabian | Sep 03, 2021 | 0 Comments

Gun control laws were a hot topic during Virginia legislative sessions in 2020 and 2021, and Virginia's House passed several new laws that went into effect July 1. One law in particular that is worth knowing about seriously impacts the gun rights of those who have been convicted of assault and ...

New Virginia Laws to Know About: July 2021 Edition

Posted by John A. Kassabian | Aug 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

As of July 1, 2021, a lot has changed with criminal laws in Virginia. Marijuana legalization obviously comes to mind, but there have also been important changes in regard to robbery, DUIs, firearms, sentencing, and more. Below, I'll highlight the big legislative changes you should know about—ju...

Three Proven Domestic Violence Defense Strategies

Posted by John A. Kassabian | Jun 02, 2021 | 0 Comments

A domestic violence charge is one of the most difficult challenges someone can face—it can have a life-altering impact on your family, your relationships, and even your ability to find work or housing in the future. But just because this is a challenging accusation to overcome doesn't mean that t...

What is Considered Grand Larceny in Virginia?

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

If you've been charged with larceny, otherwise known as theft, you are likely wondering how serious the crime is and how severe a punishment you will face. Virginia law has changed significantly in the past several years, with the monetary value of grand vs petty larceny shifting significantly....

Understanding Virginia Expungement Laws

Posted by John A. Kassabian | May 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

Having a criminal record in Virginia can make life far more difficult than anyone would like, and unfortunately, getting a crime expunged (removed) from your record in Virginia is especially challenging. Without an expungement, your conviction and charge will remain on your record for life, makin...

Understanding Classes of Felonies in Virginia

Posted by John A. Kassabian | May 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

When many people hear the word “felony,” they think of long jail sentences, unaffordable fines, and a permanent criminal record that will make life difficult if not impossible. While it's true that a felony conviction is never something you want on your record, in reality there are many classes...

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...

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