Avoid Legal Issues during Your Summer Vacation

School will soon be out for summer, which likely means you are in the midst of planning a vacation for your family.  By following the tips below, you can avoid potential legal issues that might arise while traveling. Make sure travel documents for you and your family are taken care of well in advance.  For example, if you are going abroad, everyone in your family will need a current passport, which can take approximately four to six weeks to process.  Additionally, you should visit … [Read more...]

The Impact of a DUI on your Future

A conviction for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI) is a serious one that will have a major impact on a wide variety of aspects in your life well into the future.  Below are some of the ramifications of a DUI. Loss of Freedom- A first offense DUI conviction results in your driver’s license being suspended for one year.  During that time, you will have to rely on public transportation or the generosity of others to get anywhere you need to go, from your job to the grocery … [Read more...]

The Impact of Traffic Violations on your Virginia DMV Record

When you are pulled over by a police officer, it’s only natural you might feel some panic, wondering what you did wrong or what your punishment might be.  Traffic tickets should most definitely be taken seriously, as their impact on your driving record can extend far into the future. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, when you are convicted of a traffic violation, the court will notify the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).  In turn, the DMV will post the conviction to your driving record, … [Read more...]

Driving Under the Influence

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 30 people in the United States die each day in motor vehicle crashes involving a driver who is impaired by alcohol.  Furthermore, drugs other than alcohol, such as cocaine and marijuana, are involved in approximately 18 percent of motor vehicle driver deaths. In the State of Virginia, the law sends a clear message that driving under the influence will not be tolerated.  If you are ever unsure about your … [Read more...]