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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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'Tis the Season for DUI Checkpoints!

The holidays are fast approaching, and there are more and more reasons why individuals might find themselves a few drinks deep somewhere other than their homes. You can rest assured that local police ...
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What Does "Implied Consent" Mean for a DUI Charge?

Usually the most powerful evidence that the prosecutor has in a DUI case is the breathalyzer result. This is rarely the only piece of evidence in a DUI case, but prosecutors rely heavily upon ...
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Assault on a Family Member in Virginia

Assault and battery on a family member in violation of Virginia Code §18.2-57.2 is one of the most common offenses that I see in my office. Very often, the parties have resolved their ...
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What Is the Virginia Sex Offender Registry?

One of the most enduring effects of a conviction for a sex crime in Virginia, and really throughout the entire country, is the sex offender registration that follows. Virginia, like most states, ...
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How Bad Are Federal Sentencing Guidelines in Child Pornography Cases?

This is kind of a loaded question, and the answer is "terrible." I'll explain why, but the take away from this posting is that if you are facing federal child pornography charges, your ...
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What Can Be Done on a Prostitution or Solicitation Charge?

Prostitution and soliciting a prostitute are some of the most common charges in this area. Local law enforcement agencies conduct stings using websites like Backpage.com to catch individuals involved ...
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"My BAC Is Over .08. I Guess I Have to Plead Guilty..."

Not true! I can't tell you how often I hear clients who feel absolutely defeated by the fact that they were stopped for DUI and produced a breathalyzer result over.08. "Over the limit, under ...
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Can the Police Search My Car when I'm Stopped?

I can't tell you how common it is for clients to come to me with all sorts of charges that emerged from a search of their automobiles. There is almost a limitless variety of contraband that people ...
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Facing Marijuana Charges in Virginia?

Even as we see the governors of other states petitioning the Drug Enforcement Agency to reclassify marijuana as a Schedule II controlled substance, which would allow doctors to prescribe it to ...
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What Laws Apply to Hit and Run Cases in Virginia?

Hit and run cases are fairly common in any criminal and traffic practice. Virginia has created a complex series of statutes governing the various reporting responsibilities of drivers and passengers ...
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Unlawful Filming of Another - What Is This Charge?

Like most states, Virginia makes it a crime to videotape or photograph an individual without their knowledge while they are naked or in some state of undress. While there are numerous exceptions to ...
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What Will a DUI Do for My Insurance? What Is an FR-44?

When I meet with a client facing a DUI charge, they are typically worried most about the possibility of jail time. The reality is that for routine misdemeanor DUI charges, jail time is typically just ...
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Brandishing a Firearm Charges in Virginia

I frequently have clients come to my office facing charges of brandishing a firearm. Usually, these individuals are lawfully carrying a firearm, and find themselves the victim of malicious prosecution ...
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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 Happens if I Don't Take a Breathalyzer?

The Code of Virginia §18.2-268.3 establishes penalties for failure to submit to a breathalyzer after a DUI arrest. Operating a motor vehicle on a "highway" (which includes any public ...
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I've Been Charged in a Dog Bite Case. What Does This Mean for Me and My Dog?

Many of my clients are dog lovers, and occasionally I receive a call from someone who has been charged under Virginia Code Section 3.2-6540 for a dog bite incident. These charges can be devastating ...
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But the Officer Didn't Even Read Me My Rights!

Clients frequently tell me that the arresting officer did not read them their rights. While this always piques my interest, it is not always critical in the ultimate outcome of the case. We all watch ...
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Open Container Laws in Virginia

Any of you who have spent time in New Orleans have no doubt seen people walking around the French Quarter carrying all manner of alcoholic drinks in public, and consuming them without the slightest ...
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What Does Immunity Mean in a Criminal Case?

I have represented numerous individuals over the years who have been offered one form of immunity or another by the prosecution. Normally the situation goes something like this: My client is alleged ...
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Is There a Difference Between DUI and DWI?

I get this question fairly regularly from DUI clients. The short answer is that there is no difference, and that the state of Virginia does not have an offense of "DWI". In some states DWI ...
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Can Non-Citizens Be Deported for Criminal Convictions?

It is becoming increasingly common for individuals to come to my office facing not only a criminal law issue, but immigration issues as well. Typically these people are here on a visa of some kind or ...
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What Happens to My Driver's License After a DUI?

This is one of the biggest concerns for most citizens in DUI cases. A DUI can affect an individual's driving privileges in two ways. 46.2-391.2 of the Virginia Code provides for an administrative ...
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Charges for Prescription Fraud in Virginia

One of the most common drug offenses in Virginia, after possession of marijuana, is prescription fraud. Individuals that you would never think of as criminals can find themselves facing prescription ...
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First Offender Program for Marijuana Possession Charges

One of the most common charges people face is simple possession of marijuana, in other words, possession of marijuana for personal use and not for distribution. Possession of marijuana for personal ...
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    Why Choose Us?
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    The Law Office of Shawn M. Cline comes highly recommended by former clients and other firms!

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