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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...

Beware of Fairfax DUI Checkpoints on the 4th of July

Posted by John A. Kassabian | Jul 01, 2020 | 0 Comments

Now that stay-at-home orders have lifted, people across northern Virginia are excited to celebrate Independence Day, but don't forget that it's important to exercise caution if you plan to drink alcohol during the holiday. More than likely, we'll see a rash of DUI arrests during the Fourth of J...

Must-Know Facts About VA Marijuana Decriminalization

Posted by John A. Kassabian | Jun 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

As you likely remember, back in April of this year Governor Ralph Northam signed Virginia HB 972 decriminalizing simple marijuana possession in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Now the Virginia decriminalization date is nearly upon us: effective July 1, simple possession of marijuana will no longe...

How to Handle VASAP Noncompliance

Posted by John A. Kassabian | Jun 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

If you've ever received a DUI in the Commonwealth of Virginia, you're probably familiar with the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (usually referred to as ASAP). ASAP, which is required if you have been convicted of a DUI, is a series of classes and treatment programs that help people with...

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