Blog Posts in 2014

  • What to do When Your Holiday Cheer Gets Out of Hand

    The holidays are a wonderful time, gathering friends and family. People have extra time off work, students are out of school and college, there are plenty of parties, and lots to celebrate. Have You Been Naughty or Nice? It’s easy for things to get carried away just a little too much. The after-work gathering with colleagues results in one drink too many; the roughhousing turns into a real fight; ...
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  • Safe Drinking Tips for the Holiday Season (and anytime)

    The holidays are a time of family get-togethers, office parties and celebration. We all like to have fun and enjoy the season, but it’s no fun getting arrested for DUI or other charges that can occur when the partying gets out of hand. If you choose to drink at holiday gatherings, here are a few safe drinking tips to keep you, and others, safe: Have a plan for a safe way home, either through a ...
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  • Is Shoplifting a Crime?

    Shoplifting crimes are often impulse-control issues, rather than premeditated acts of crime. Those charged with shoplifting will sometimes talk about the crime more like an illness than a conscious decision to steal. They don’t see themselves as criminals and often immediately regret the behavior, but it went too far. Shoplifting is on the rise, and all too often it becomes more noticeable during ...
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  • Do I need an Attorney for ...?

    One of the most frequent questions our law office staff hears is “Do I need an attorney?”, usually followed by a possible problem. Such as “do I need an attorney for a speeding ticket?”, “Do I need an attorney for a DUI?” or “Do I need an attorney for my child’s shoplifting charge?”. While the reasons for talking to an attorney vary greatly, the short answer is, if you think you may need to talk ...
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  • When Bullying Victims Fight Back

    Years ago the advice victims of bullying were likely to receive included things like “punch him in the nose, then he’ll stop bothering you.” Today, taking that action could result in a child facing criminal assault charges, and school suspension or expulsion. A recent ​article in an Ohio newspaper reported on a juvenile who is facing felonious assault charges after allegedly striking a classmate ...
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  • Client Reviews and Testimonials

    I’m pleased to share some great five-star reviews of our criminal defense law practice from recent clients. Thanks for the kind words and for your trust in our firm to handle your legal issues: www.yelp.com/biz/jr-law-plc-virginia-beach
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  • Juvenile Crimes Can Impact School Success

    A recent article in The Virginian-Pilot about students accused of crimes brings to mind two important things parents need to know: First, do you know what crimes your child’s school considers serious enough to send him/her to an alternative school? Second, did you know that the school administrators have a tremendous amount of discretion as to the decision that will impact your child’s future? As ...
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  • Do I Really Need a Criminal Defense Attorney?

    Even if you have not committed a crime, you must talk with a criminal defense attorneyimmediately. Innocent people are charged and sometimes convicted of crimes they did not commit more often than you think. My best advice is to ALWAYS seek legal counsel before you are interviewed by the police for a criminal investigation. Remember, the officer’s job is to make an arrest for each crime that ...
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  • How to Find a Good Criminal Defense Attorney

    When you need a criminal lawyer, your freedom and future depend on choosing the right one. Make sure the criminal defense attorney you choose knows the law and how to apply it to your case. Here are a few questions we recommend asking a criminal attorney before you hire them: Ask him/her how familiar he/she is with the court, judges and procedures where you are charged. For example, if you were ...
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  • Don't Let A Reckless Driving Ticket Ruin Your Summer Vacation

    Summer means traveling and it’s easy to let your speed drift up when you’re driving, particularly on your way to or from vacation, or even just the start of a nice weekend. If you’ve driven the roads in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk and other Hampton Roads cities, chances are you’ve seen your share of people being pulled over. Even worse, maybe it’s happened to you. Many drivers in Virginia ...
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  • Teens Face Challenges Every Day Away From Your Home

    It’s a lazy summer afternoon and your teenage daughter is visiting her best friend’s house. Unknown to you, the father of your daughter’s best friend keeps a loaded gun in a drawer in the kitchen because of previous break in. They find the loaded gun in the house and your daughter accidentally shoots her friend. In an instant, a fun summer vacation becomes a tragedy with potentially life changing ...
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  • Teenage Pranks Can Have Serious Consequences

    From an Innocent Prank to Felony Charges As a former Virginia Beach police officer, I have too often seen what can happen when seemingly innocent teenage pranks turn into felony arrests. We know the summer can be boring for teens who haven’t found jobs, aren’t in summer school, or don’t have activities to keep them busy. Imagine you are the proud parent or grandparent of an honor-roll student who ...
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  • Tips for Fighting a Traffic Ticket

    Why Fight a Traffic Ticket? Traffic tickets can be very costly. Not only are there expensive fines for each type of traffic offense , car insurance premiums will usually go up whenever additional points have been added to an individual’s driving record. With that in mind, paying the fine listed on a traffic ticket without first discussing the matter with legal counsel is never advised. While this ...
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  • Do I Have Grounds to File an Appeal?

    The legal counsel you choose to represent you during your appeals proceedings will have a significant impact on your ability to exercise your rights, have a convincing argument made on your behalf, and ultimately get the court’s decision reserved. Grounds to file an appeal include: Unjustly convicted of a crime Legal errors, misconduct on the part of the attorney representing Legal errors, ...
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  • The Penalties for Driving with a Suspended Driver's License

    Stop Driving on a Suspended License! And Contact Virginia Beach Traffic Ticket Lawyer. Have you had your driver’s license suspended? If so, we strongly advise you do not continue to drive on a suspended license. In this type of situation it is vital that you obtain legal representation at once, or you could be facing serious penalties including jail time. Hiring an experienced Virginia Beach ...
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