First DWI Offense- now what?

Getting a first DWI is usually a harrowing experience. In many cases, when we meet clients who are facing a first DUI offense, it’s their first criminal offense of any kind. They’re naturally worried. They ask if they DUIcan expect jail time or a license suspension. They worry that they’re going to lose their job especially if it involves driving.

The good news is that you have options. Many people who get a first drunk driving offense quickly recognize the errors of their ways and never commit another criminal offense in their entire lifetime. Our law firm knows that good people make mistakes. That’s why it’s our goal to help you explore your options and make the best possible plan for your future.

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Gangs In Virginia

The Challenges of Gang Activity and U.S. v Rodriguez

Despite law enforcement’s best efforts, gang activity in Virginia. Gang activity often victimizes innocent bystanders. It poses a real, ongoing challenge for law enforcement. While police do their best to curb gang activity, they have to balance their efforts with the constitutional rights of citizens. Law enforcement must conduct their investigation in a lawful manner. They cannot stop you or stop your vehicle unless they have a lawful reason to do so.

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Larceny Defense in Virginia and the Impact of Prior Convictions

A theft in Virginia operates as the crime of larceny. Larceny is classified in two ways. First, there is petit larceny when the value of stolen property is between $5 and $200. If the property is taken directly from a victim, and its value is less than $5, the crime is still classified as petit larceny. A person commits grand larceny when the value of the property stolen is more than $200. If property valued at more than $5 is taken directly from somebody’s person, that act constitutes grand larceny. If a firearm of any value is stolen, the perpetrator will be charged with grand larceny.

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What is Embezzlement and How Can it Hurt Your Reputation?

reputationWhat is Embezzlement?

One of the leading categories of white collar crime is embezzlement. Fairfax County, on their website (here) defines embezzlement as: “A person commits embezzlement when they wrongfully take, steal, or use property belonging to another by virtue of one’s office, trust, or employment.” When a person’s position of trust handling the property of another opens the way for him to misappropriate that property (or money), the resulting crime is embezzlement.

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Defense for Sexual Crimes in Virginia

In Virginia, a sex crime occurs when a person engages in sexual conduct with an individual who does not consent to their actions. Many sex crimes are about conduct; however, actions performed without the victim’s consent, such as indecent exposure, are other forms of sex crimes. In Virginia, sex crimes are divided into two categories: 1) sexually violent offenses and, 2) sexual offenses.

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DWI Lawyers and 6 Reasons Why You Need Them

The first mistake drivers in a celebratory mood make is having that extra drink and then thinking they are capable of getting behind the wheel. The second biggest mistake is thinking they can talk their way out of a DWI (driving while intoxicated) arrest and conviction without the services of a lawyer. Sheryl Shane Law can give you the quality representation you need by a competent lawyer following a DWI arrest.

Here are 6 reasons why you need an experienced DWI lawyer: 

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How a Great Lawyer Fights a Reckless Driving Ticket

how-to-fight-reckless-driving-ticketReckless driving is a criminal offense and can warrant jail time. Without a lawyer to assist the process of fighting a reckless driving ticket, jail time is a serious possibility. Luckily, there are ways that a great lawyer can help you lessen or expunge the reckless driving ticket. The goal of fighting a reckless driving ticket is to keep your record clean of any criminal offenses. Having a lawyer who knows the system well, and can defend you properly is the only way to ward off criminal offenses.
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4 Common Misconceptions of Drug Laws in Virginia

virginia-drug-law-mythsWith any set of laws, there are common misconceptions and misunderstandings. Drug crimes are some of the most common offenses as well as most often misconstrued. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is a strict set of drug laws that all citizens must abide by. Virginia has a set of schedules that define the different types of controlled substances and the severity of their potential for abuse and dependency. Listed are some of the common misconceptions of drug-related laws. Continue reading “4 Common Misconceptions of Drug Laws in Virginia”