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How the Virginia points system could affect driving records

Harrisonburg area drivers understand that it is almost impossible to drive safely every minute behind the wheel. No matter the best intentions a driver may have, slipping up once in a while happens. But, if that one mistake ends in a conviction for a reckless driving traffic violation in our state, it can have a negative effect on their driving record.

The State of Virginia uses a points system to rate drivers. If a person is convicted of a traffic violation, they can receive negative points. A driver can lose 3, 4 or 6 points, depending on the violation. A loss of 6 points is for a reckless driving conviction, DUI, driving on a suspended license or speeding at more than 20 mph over the speed limit. A loss of 4 points is 10-19 mph over the speed limit, and a loss of 3 points is improper driving and failing to observe a highway sign.

College student in trouble with the law? Know your rights

When a Virginia college student is facing criminal charges, there is a lot at stake. In addition to the potential for a conviction of a crime, other important factors are at stake as well. If you are a young student who is in trouble with the law, you understand the need to take quick action to build a strong and intentional defense strategy. Part of this will be to know your rights, particularly when dealing with campus police.

When you know your rights, you will be in a better position to defend yourself in the event that you are under investigation, facing questioning or even placed under arrest while in college. Of course, it is not always easy to determine exactly what your rights may be, which is why it is beneficial to have legal guidance. With help, you can defend yourself and protect your long-term interests.

What happens if your former partner refuses to pay child support?

After your divorce, you probably experienced many financial changes. The end of a marriage will require adjustments, which is why you may depend on the child support payments you are supposed to receive from your ex-spouse. That money goes a long way in helping you care for your child's needs, including daycare, health care and more. 

It is more than just a little frustrating to find that your ex-spouse no longer wants to pay child support. This is a direct threat on your own financial well-being as well as the well-being of your child. If you are no longer receiving the support mandated in your child support agreement, you have options. It may be possible to pursue an enforcement of the child support order that could compel the other parent to pay.

Divorce when one spouse doesn't want it

When a Virginia couple gets married, most do so with the intention that their marriage will last forever. Although this romantic notion does happen for some couples, many end up filing for divorce. Divorce is an emotional affair, and it does not always go as expected. If one person does not want a divorce, for example, it could complicate matters.

When one spouse wants a divorce, the other spouse may not be on the same page. Even if one spouse does not want a divorce the divorce can still happen in Virginia. There are two categories of divorce here.

If you leave the family home, is it considered abandonment?

No matter how good a marriage may seem, not all couples are happy. Many marriages in the Harrisonburg area end in divorce. When a marriage appears to be heading towards separation it is common for one spouse to leave the family home. But, does that count as abandonment?

A successful accusation of abandonment in Virginia can depend on several factors but it generally involves what one person's intent was. If a spouse comes home and finds the house almost empty with no kids or animals around it could show that the other spouse wants a divorce. The action of emptying the house and taking the kids could be evidence of abandonment. But if a couple have discussed divorce and are separating then leaving the house is not desertion. The person leaving is not leaving to cause the divorce but is leaving because the separation has already happened. And, couples who have children are required to be separated for 12 months while those without children are required to separate for 6 months.

Four people facing charges after high-speed chase

When a Harrisonburg area resident finds themselves facing a DWI, they may not know what to do next. A DUI conviction can have serious ramifications for a person. Those who have been arrested for a DUI should understand the consequences of a conviction and the importance of hiring legal counsel. Recently, four people were arrested for driving while intoxicated and other charges.

A recent traffic occurrence happened on Interstate 81. A Virginia State Trooper attempted to pull over a Toyota Corolla because the car was allegedly speeding. Instead of pulling over, the car kept going and continued onto Interstate 66 with speeds in excess of 115 mph. The driver eventually lost control of the car and hit the guardrail. The driver and his passengers were taken into custody.

Penalties for distributing controlled substances near schools

Virginia law enforcement takes drug crimes seriously. These crimes often carry serious penalties, which even as a first-time offense can greatly affect a person's life. There are many different ways in which drug crimes are prosecuted with even more severe penalties, including distributing controlled substances near a school.

Although Virginia has very strict drug distribution penalties, they can carry even more severe penalties under certain circumstances. One of those situations is if the person arrested for drug distribution was near certain areas. These areas include all schools, day care center, school buses, libraries, recreation centers, community center or college campus.

Money disputes are for wealthy couples, too

When you and your spouse married, you may have expected your life to be comfortable. If either or both of you earn a significant salary, you probably thought money would not be an issue. As a result, you may have expected your marriage to be secure since money disputes are the root of many divorces.

It may have come as a shock to you when you and your spouse began to argue about money. While it may be a small comfort, you are not alone. Disagreements about money are not restricted to those couples who do not have any. In fact, couples with substantial assets may still have basic differences in their financial philosophies.

Reacting to accusations of domestic violence

Few people will disagree that domestic violence is a serious crime. Someone who abuses a spouse or other family member asserts power and control, whether through emotional or psychological tactics or sheer physical strength.

Victims of domestic violence may suffer in silence because they feel powerless to escape or to change their situations. Because of this, laws err on the side of the victims whose lives are often in danger.

You don't have to face child custody matters alone

Although divorce marks the end of a relationship for a married couple, the love and devotion each person feels for their children still very much remains. That's exactly why navigating the pressures and difficulties of child custody and visitation matters can be so emotionally taxing. Going through the divorce itself is undoubtedly draining, but trying to make sure a fair plan is worked out that benefits each child can be even more stressful.

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