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…

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…

What is the Difference Between District Court and Circuit Court in Virginia?

What is the Difference Between District Court and Circuit Court in Virginia?

There are two types of trial courts at the local level in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Specifically, there are general district courts, which are the lower courts and there are circuit courts, which are the higher trial courts. In particular, there are two types of district courts in Virginia: the General District Courts and the…

How Long Do I Have to Appeal My Conviction?

How Long Do I Have to Appeal My Conviction?

If you are convicted of a misdemeanor in a general district court or a juvenile and domestic relations court in Virginia, you must note your appeal to the clerk’s office within ten (10) calendar days from the judgment of the court. Keep in mind that this does not mean that you have ten (10) business…