Legal Articles

marijuana possession

Arrested for First-Time Possession of Marijuana in Virginia? Know Your Options

Despite changing attitudes across the nation, possession of marijuana remains a serious offense in Virginia. Under Virginia law, you cannot knowingly or intentionally possess marijuana, with a few exceptions.   A conviction for marijuana possession is a misdemeanor and may result in up to a 30-day jail sentence and a $500 fine. Even worse, subsequent convictions for possession of marijuana become a…
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Drunk driver Virginia, drunk driving attorney Virginia

What to Do If You Were Hit by a Drunk Driver in Virginia

Drunk driving remains a serious problem in Virginia. According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, there were 7,285 crashes involving a drunk driver in 2017, killing 248 people and injuring another 4,430. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a drunk driving accident, it’s in your best interest to consult with an…
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Self-defense Virginia, Virginia self-defense law

When is Self-Defense in Virginia a Crime?

In Virginia, the law allows you to defend yourself, your family, and your home when you are facing an imminent threat. However, there are limits to your right to self-defense, and the laws surrounding self-defense are complex. In some cases, people unknowingly cross the line in their efforts to keep themselves safe. Keep reading to…
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Plead no contest, what does it mean to plead no contest

What Does it Mean to Plead No Contest?

Pleading no contest, also known as nolo contendere, can be a good option for some people facing criminal charges in Virginia. However, many people choose to plead no contest without understanding what it actually means or what the repercussions are. If you’re in a tough legal position and are considering your options, keep reading to…
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My Superlative Case

It was a case that had it all.  A university closure, 176 individual clients, multiple class actions, fraud claims, breach of contract claims, consumer protection claims, shifting venues, a mass litigation panel with three dispute judges and three resolution judges, a declaratory judgment action for insurance, association with local counsel, a loose confederation of plaintiffs’…
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Ask Me Anything About the Constitution

TALKING POINTS – Laura Wagner, ESQ. I.  BACKGROUND A.  After the Revolutionary War, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and George Washington feared the country was on the brink of collapse.  Existing constitution, The Articles of Confederation, was not sufficient. B.  Organized a Constitutional Convention to meet in Philadelphia in summer of 1787. C.  The framework of the…
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Punitive damages

Hit by a Drunk Driver in Virginia? You May Be Entitled to Punitive Damages

After a catastrophic car accident with a drunk driver, you may face significant medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and uncertainty about your future. However, you could also be entitled to punitive damages, which aim at punishing the drunk driver and discouraging similar misconduct. Unfortunately, many drunk driving victims don’t demand punitive damages in their injury…
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