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What is the difference between forgery and uttering in Virginia?

People commonly misunderstand the concepts of "forgery" and "uttering" as they appear in the Virginia code. While both are criminalized through the same statute, Virginia Code ...
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What is an accessory after the fact?

It is not one of the more common charges in Virginia, but occasionally I will meet with someone who has been charged as an accessory after the fact. Often these individuals, with the best of ...
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Possession versus distribution of child pornography

I frequently meet with clients who have had their homes subjected to a search warrant by either state or federal agents looking for evidence of child pornography on electronic media such as computers, ...
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What is the difference between concealment and shoplifting?

One of the most common charges that I see in my criminal practice is shoplifting, or what is known as concealment. While the circumstances often vary, the cases usually involve the taking of ...
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Felon in possession of a firearm charges in Virginia

Today's political climate has put gun laws to the forefront of the national dialogue. Whatever your views may be on the Second Amendment, Virginia is a fairly lenient state when it comes to ...
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How can I have my firearm and voting rights restored in Virginia?

With a pivotal election fast approaching, I have heard from numerous individuals seeking advice on restoring voting rights that were lost as a result of a felony conviction. Among other things, a ...
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Do juveniles convicted of sex crimes become registered sex offenders?

I frequently represent juveniles accused of sexual offenses of various kinds, from the slightest inappropriate touching to the most serious felony offenses. Invariably, the juvenile and the parents ...
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What are Virginia child abuse laws?

I frequently meet with distraught parents who have been charged with child neglect or abuse. In most cases, these are loving parents who either lacked the skills and resources to effectively care for ...
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What are the possible penalties for child pornography charges?

Possession and distribution of child pornography are some of the most common felony charges that I deal with. Almost without exception, the individual was caught as part of a "catch a predator" type ...
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What is the difference between malicious wounding and assault?

I frequently meet with clients who are facing charges of malicious wounding, which is a Class 3 felony, who are wondering why they were not charged with simple assault, which is a Class 1 misdemeanor. ...
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What is a statute of limitations?

Statutes of limitations are set periods of time following an alleged criminal act after which a criminal prosecution may not commence. In other words, once the statute of limitations has passed, you ...
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