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Some immigrants may be eligible for cancellation of removal

The reality is that many people in Virginia may have been living in this country for many years without ever obtaining, or maintaining, proper documentation.

During this time, these immigrants may have establish a family and other roots in this country and state which would make it very hard, on both themselves and those who count on them, were they to be deported.

Overview of Virginia's property division laws

Like other states, Virginia has specific laws describing how property is to be divided between a married couple after a divorce. These laws would also apply to the divorce from bed and board proceeding which a previous post on our blog discussed.

Virginia is what is called an equitable division state. This means that, like most other states, a Virginia court is going to try to divide the property between two separating spouses fairly, but not necessarily 50-50. The same rules applies for any debts that the spouses may owe.

Will drug convictions affect your child’s federal financial aid?

Sending your child to James Madison University for the first time is a momentous occasion and milestone. It can be nerve-wrecking to let your child finally go off on their own. While just letting them leave the nest is difficult and worrisome, what if your child gets into trouble while away? For example, your child may face criminal charges for illegal drug possession or distribution.

You’ve spent most of your life caring for your child, so it’s only natural to want to protect them and their future. Illegal possession or the unlawful sale of drugs could make your child ineligible for federal financial aid. In turn, this may impact their ability to continue a path in higher education. College is expensive, and your child may rely on financial aid to cover its costs.

Defending a DUI charge may be worth the investment

A previous post on this blog discussed how even a first-time conviction for a DUI, with no aggravating circumstances, can haunt a person for a long time. First, there is the cost of fines, probation fees and other bills, such as the cost of posting bail.

Additionally, a person will have to pay to arrange transportation while under a license suspension, and he may also have to pay for an ignition interlock device. Moreover, higher insurance premiums are a real possibility.

Higher premiums are a forgotten consequence of DUIs

As this blog has discussed on previous occasions, getting convicted of a DUI in Virginia is a serious affair even when it is a first offense. In addition to the possibility of jail and an almost inevitable license suspension, a person convicted can wind up paying hundreds if not thousands of dollars in probation costs, mandatory counseling and other fees.

Moreover, especially if someone drives professionally or is even just expected to drive as part of his or her job as a salesperson or the like, a DUI conviction can have devastating professional ramifications.

Two women face firearms-related charges

Two Virginia women, both from another part of the Shenandoah Valley, have been arrested on firearms-related charges. These charges are felonies, meaning they face the possibility of going to prison.

The women were arrested as part of a homicide investigation. Although they are not being accused of being involved in the homicide itself, both allegedly helped the accused, a man who had just turned 18, obtain a gun even though he was not legally eligible to do so. The man later used a gun to fire shots in to a house, leaving one occupant dead and one seriously injured.

Other criminal charges commonly associated with alcohol

This blog has on previous occasions discussed the significant consequences a resident of Harrisonburg or the other Shenandoah Valley communities in Virginia may face if they get charged with a DUI.

However, particularly around a major holiday during which people will choose to drink, it may be important to remind residents that police can, and commonly do charge people with other types of crimes the frequently involve alcohol. Bear in mind that a person can face these crimes regardless of age; it is of course also not legal to drink while under 21.

What factors do courts consider when determining child custody?

As a parent, one of your main concerns during divorce may be over child custody. Which parent will your children live with? How often will you see your children? Will you still have a voice in child rearing decisions? The answers to all of these questions will depend on your child custody arrangement.

Parents often work together to create custody arrangement they can both agree on. However, there are times when parents simply cannot agree. If you and your ex-spouse cannot agree on custody matters, a court may need to decide for you.

Government potentially preparing to conduct immigration arrests

While there was some dispute about the timing and number of people involved, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, confirmed that it is planning to conduct many arrests of undocumented immigrants over the next several days and weeks.

The first warning sign of an upcoming sweep is that ICE has been devoting more resources to Enforcement and Removal Operations, the group within ICE that handles deportations.

Virginia's license suspensions for DUI are harsh

Even if a Harrisonburg resident can avoid jail time after a first-offense DUI, there are still plenty of consequences to a conviction that can really make life hard for several months.

For example, Virginia has a one-year license revocation for a first time drunk driving conviction. For those who rely on their vehicles to get to work, school, or just where they need to go, having to find other transportation for a year can be a real hardship. As expected, if it is a repeat offense, the suspension can be longer.

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