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Monthly Archives: April 2020


What is a Controlled Substance Under Virginia Law?

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It is a drug crime under Virginia law to possess, distribute, or manufacture certain dangerous substances, such as heroin or cocaine. Referred to legally as “controlled substances,” these compounds are often dangerous, and generally devoid of medical benefit. Accordingly, there are strict penalties for the possession, distribution, and manufacture of controlled substances, ranging from… Read More »

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Important Developments Implementing the CARES ACT and FFCRA: How the PPP, EIDL, and Tax Credits Are Impacting Businesses, Churches, and Nonprofits

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By William R. Thetford, Esq. and H. Robert Showers, Esq.   Last Updated: April 29, 2020. Note: This is the subject of a rapidly evolving landscape. Please stay tuned for updates as they become available.   This article updates our series of articles on the CARES Act concerning the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and… Read More »

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Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to DUI & Involuntary Manslaughter

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A Virginia man pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence (DUI) in connection with a fatal accident last year, according to an article by the Loudoun Times-Mirror. The accident in question occurred on the morning of January 4, 2019, near the intersection of Morrisonville and Mountain roads. The Virginia man apparently… Read More »

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By Robert Showers, Esq. and William Thetford, Esq. Consider the following common scenarios for churches and nonprofits in this online stay at home world:   1) A member organization (church or nonprofit with members) requires a membership meeting by a certain date each year to pass the annual budget and elect new leaders. The… Read More »

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ESTATE PLANNING 101: Wills vs. Trusts, What’s the Difference?

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By: Gigi B. Lawless   Most people are familiar with the term, “Will” (or, “Last Will and Testament”).  Less people may be familiar with the concept of a “Trust.”  And, fewer still, will be able to tell you the difference between the two. Both Wills and Trusts, however, are important estate planning documents. And,… Read More »

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Mixed Reviews on Criminal Justice Reforms in Virginia

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After the Democratic Party took control of the Virginia legislature, many pundits expected broad and sweeping changes to the state criminal justice system, according to an article by the Associated Press. By now, midway through the first legislative session, however, there are mixed feelings about reform progress. On one hand, Democratic Party leaders are… Read More »

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Legal Primer: Reckless Driving Under Virginia Criminal Law

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In the interest of public health and safety, the Commonwealth of Virginia imposes strict rules and regulations for driving conduct. Accordingly, Virginia laws against reckless driving impose severe penalties for dangerous driving conduct, including, but not necessarily limited to: confinement, fines, and license suspension. What is Reckless Driving in Virginia? Code of Virginia Section… Read More »

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New Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law in Virginia: Ramifications for Religious Employers and Others

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By William R. Thetford, Esq. and H. Robert Showers, Esq.   Easter weekend marked the passage of the controversial Virginia Values Act (Senate Bill 868 and House Bill 1663: the “Act”) which is ironically named for political reasons. The Virginia House and the Senate recently passed the Act and on Saturday, April 11, Governor… Read More »

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Police Arrest Maryland Man in Virginia on Multiple Criminal Charges

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Two law enforcement agencies collaborated to arrest a Maryland man in Lovettsville, Virginia, on multiple criminal charges, according to an article by the Loudoun Times-Mirror. This man had outstanding warrants in Virginia for failure to register as a sex offender and in Maryland for second-degree assault. To serve the warrants, sheriff’s deputies from both… Read More »

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The Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP) for Virginia Drunk Drivers

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Whether the underlying charges for drunk driving are misdemeanors or felonies, an offender can face confinement in county jail or prison. The applicable fines can range up to $2,500, and there is a mandatory period of driver’s license suspension. In addition to confinement, fines, and license suspension, Virginia law requires drunk drivers to complete… Read More »

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