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ALTERNATIVE SENTENCING IN VIRGINIA

Posted by John A. Kassabian | Oct 26, 2022 | 0 Comments

There is not always a straight line between being arrested and sentenced. A number of possibilities exist within the Commonwealth of Virginia for sentencing, which include alternative sanctions and accord and satisfaction. The severity of the crime is considered, as well as the impact on the victim in each case. But the bottom line is, you may not wind up with jail time or you may even have your case dismissed!

PROTECTIVE ORDERS IN VIRGINIA: CIVIL VS. CRIMINAL CHARGES

Posted by John A. Kassabian | Aug 09, 2022 | 0 Comments

Learning a protective order has been issued against you can be shocking. You may wonder what effects it will have on your life—both personal and professional. Will it show up on background checks and make it more difficult for you to get a job? Will you have a criminal record? You may feel wronged or tempted to take steps to resolve the matter. The best thing you can do is work with an attorney with a great deal of experience in domestic violence matters.

SPEEDING TICKETS IN VIRGINIA: ATTORNEYS HELP RESOLVE CASES

Posted by John A. Kassabian | Aug 02, 2022 | 0 Comments

Most people get a speeding ticket at some point in their lives. Some people think it’s no big deal because the Commonwealth’s Attorney (prosecutor) chooses not to get involved in speeding infractions in Fairfax County. While that sounds good, it really is not, because now you are going directly before a judge without having an opportunity to negotiate your case with a prosecutor in an effort to work the case out favorably. 

HOW TO GET YOUR RECORD EXPUNGED FOR FIRST OFFENSES IN VIRGINIA

Posted by John A. Kassabian | Jun 16, 2022 | 0 Comments

Maybe you’ve heard the phrase “one wrong turn is all it takes.” Usually, that refers to the danger of a slippery slope in bad decisions: You make one bad choice, and others follow. Good criminal defense lawyers know that doesn’t always happen. Good people can make bad decisions and set their lives on a different path after a mistake. Changes from 2021 to Virginia law support that idea.

HOW CAN DOMESTIC ASSAULT CHARGES BE DROPPED IN VIRGINIA?

Posted by John A. Kassabian | Jun 09, 2022 | 0 Comments

“Everything was just a big misunderstanding” or “I just wanted him or her out of the house” or “I did not want anyone to be arrested.” Many criminal defense lawyers for domestic assault cases hear these phrases uttered by their clients. However, getting criminal charges dropped for domestic assault in the Commonwealth of Virginia prior to the court date is highly unlikely, if not impossible. Why is that, and what can you do?

WHAT EXACTLY DOES "OPEN CONTAINER" MEAN IN VIRGINIA?

Posted by John A. Kassabian | Jun 02, 2022 | 0 Comments

Let’s say you went to visit a friend. You had a lovely evening and drank part of a bottle of wine that you really liked. Your friend offered the remainder of the bottle to you. Thinking nothing of it, you propped the bottle on the passenger seat and started driving home. Then, you get pulled over. You pass the field sobriety tests and the breath test, but you have that bottle of wine in your car. Do you get charged with “possession of open container while operating a motor vehicle"?

HOW PROTECTIVE ORDERS WORK FOR DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND BATTERY IN VIRGINIA

Posted by John A. Kassabian | Mar 22, 2022 | 0 Comments

Domestic assault and battery charges make an abrupt change in the lives of whoever was involved in the incident. Protective orders play a large role in these changes. If granted, a protective order not only prohibits contact between parties involved in the domestic assault and battery case, but also can result in the petitioner (victim) being granted sole access to a formerly shared residence or vehicle and sole custody of children and pets.

DRIVING WHILE HIGH ON MARIJUANA IS ILLEGAL IN VIRGINIA

Posted by John A. Kassabian | Mar 15, 2022 | 0 Comments

With the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Virginia, many people don’t understand that it’s still illegal to drive while consuming marijuana or after marijuana has been used. There are, however, some differences when it comes to driving while under the influence of marijuana versus driving under the influence of alcohol.

VIRGINIA DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: SELF-DEFENSE

Posted by John A. Kassabian | Jan 18, 2022 | 0 Comments

What if confusion at the scene led the police officer to reach the wrong conclusion, arresting someone as an aggressor when really, they had been trying to stop the violence? Police officers use information they gather at the scene—including severity of injuries, environmental factors, and more—to make their determinations, and it is possible that they can make errors.

CONSEQUENCES FOR DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND BATTERY IN VIRGINIA

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

When police are called to a residence where a domestic disagreement is under way, there’s often a lot of confusion and tensions are high. And, because special circumstances surround the way that charges are pressed for Domestic Assault and Battery in Virginia, those charged would benefit from the services of a criminal defense attorney—and victims are also encouraged to hire lawyers.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE JUVENILE AND ADULT JUSTICE SYSTEM IN VIRGINIA

Posted by John A. Kassabian | Nov 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

While it is important for juveniles to be educated and held accountable for their actions if they break the law, Virginia’s juvenile justice system treats offenders differently than it does adults. In many cases, being held accountable means going through rehabilitation or education programs that steer offenders to make different choices as they go forward in life.

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