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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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...

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