Blog Posts in February, 2016

  • Criminal Elements of Identity Theft

    || 29-Feb-2016

    The rates of identity theft are increasing. Technology has become more advanced, and thus, it is becoming much easier now for anyone to commit identity theft or fraud, intentionally or not. The fact of the matter is that this is a crime and it and involves wrongfully using or obtaining another person’s financial information for purchases and other gains. Identity theft can happen quite ...
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  • Asset Forfeiture in Virginia

    || 24-Feb-2016

    Your husband was arrested for drug dealing and the police seized your SUV, the one you use to drive your three children to school, and emptied your bank account. Now, you’re worried that they’ll take your house. What are you going to do? Is this legal? In November 1990, Virginia’s citizens voted on new laws that allowed law enforcement to benefit by seizing cash, property and ...
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  • Penalties for a First DUI in Virginia

    || 18-Feb-2016

    Whenever you are operating a vehicle, a boat, or a watercraft in Virginia, the law considers you to be driving or operating under the influence (DUI) if you have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of.08% or above. However, you can be convicted of DUI with a lower BAC if the prosecution can prove that your ability to operate one of these machines was impaired due to alcohol or drugs. When we say ...
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  • What Happens to Evidence Obtained in Illegal Searches?

    || 15-Feb-2016

    The laws regarding illegal search and seizure were established to protect their legal right. If any evidence was obtained in such an instance, then it cannot be used in trial and the prosecution of the accused. This is otherwise known as the “exclusionary rule.” In some cases, it may be necessary to file a motion to suppress the evidence. Bear in mind, however, that although one piece ...
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  • What Evidence Is Admissible in Trial?

    || 1-Feb-2016

    Who determines what evidence is admissible in court? The law defines any document, witness testimony, or physical evidence are admissible in trial. This is often introduced to the jury and to the judge to advocate for an argument or highlight some missteps in the trial. The types of admissible evidence include the following: Real evidence Testimonial evidence Documentary evidence Demonstrative ...
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