How Many DMV Demerit Points Will I Get for a Traffic Ticket? How Long Do These Points Stay on My Driving Record?

How Many DMV Demerit Points Will I Get for a Traffic Ticket? How Long Do These Points Stay on My Driving Record?

If you are convicted of a traffic offense, the court where you are convicted notifies the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the DMV assigns demerit points to your driving record based on the seriousness of the driving offense. Here are some common examples of moving violations in Virginia and the demerit points associated…

What Should I Do if I am in a Car Accident? What are the Punishments for Hit & Run in Virginia?

What Should I Do if I am in a Car Accident? What are the Punishments for Hit & Run in Virginia?

If you are in a car accident and someone is injured or there is property damage, Virginia law requires that you immediately stop as close to the scene of the accident without impeding traffic and call the police. You must give the police your name, address, driver’s license number, and vehicle registration number. You must…

New Firearm Crimes in Virginia Go into Effect July 1, 2020

New Firearm Crimes in Virginia Go into Effect July 1, 2020

On April 10, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced that he signed five (5) new gun control laws, which will go into effect on July 1, 2020. New Virginia gun laws include: A requirement of background checks on all firearm sales, which includes specific criminal punishments for gun buyers and sellers The establishment of an…

Can I be Pulled Over by Virginia Police for Hanging Items from my Rear View Mirror?

Can I be Pulled Over by Virginia Police for Hanging Items from my Rear View Mirror?

Under the Code of Virginia, it is illegal to hang anything from a rear view mirror in a vehicle while driving. In particular, “It shall be unlawful for any person (i) to drive a motor vehicle on a highway in the Commonwealth with an object or objects, other than a rear view mirror, sun visor,…

What is Disorderly Conduct and How is it Punished in Virginia?

What is Disorderly Conduct and How is it Punished in Virginia?

Under the Code of Virginia, Disorderly Conduct is a class 1 misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to twelve (12) months in jail. A person is guilty of Disorderly Conduct if, with the intent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof, he: A. In any street, highway, public building,…

What are the Punishments for Giving a False Name to a Police Officer in Virginia?

What are the Punishments for Giving a False Name to a Police Officer in Virginia?

There is a misdemeanor and felony version of this type of crime in Virginia. Specifically, under Virginia Code Section 19.2-82.1, “any person who falsely identifies himself to a law enforcement officer with the intent to deceive the law enforcement officer as to his real identity after being lawfully detained and after being requested to identify…

Norfolk Attorney Jamilah D. LeCruise Named “Top 40 Under 40” by Inside Business

Norfolk Attorney Jamilah D. LeCruise Named “Top 40 Under 40” by Inside Business

Attorney Jamilah D. LeCruise has been selected as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” by Inside Business. According to the publication, the awards highlight the most outstanding young people in diverse professions across Hampton Roads, recognizing their leadership roles, business innovation, mentoring, and community service efforts. “Top 40 Under 40 have accomplished great things…

What Types of Charges and Convictions Can Be Expunged or Sealed From My Criminal Record?

What Types of Charges and Convictions Can Be Expunged or Sealed From My Criminal Record?

Expungement laws in Virginia are very limited. While other states are more lenient with regard to expungements, Virginia is not among them. Specifically, Virginia courts do not allow for the expungement of any conviction from your record no matter how old. You are only eligible to petition the court to expunge a charge from your…

How Can I Be Violated While I Am on Supervised Probation?

How Can I Be Violated While I Am on Supervised Probation?

How Can I Be Violated While I Am on Supervised Probation? If you are convicted of a felony offense in Hampton Roads (whether you plead guilty or go to trial and are found guilty), it is likely that a judge will order that you complete a term of supervised probation. Courts allow probation officers a…