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Monthly Archives: August 2023


Formal and Informal Expungement in DUI Cases

By Simms Showers LLP |

Future auto insurance rate increases make up most of the estimated $20,000 cost of a first-time DUI conviction. These individuals must purchase SR-22 high-risk insurance and maintain it for at least three years. These policies are about 70 percent higher than normal policies. When the mandatory SR-22 period expires, cheaper insurance may be unavailable,… Read More »

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The Three Kinds of Assault in Virginia

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Virginia consistently ranks as one of the safest states in the Union. Law enforcement and judicial authorities are determined to preserve that ranking. What might be a heated argument in Maryland is an assault arrest in Virginia. Then, when these cases go to court, an ordinary assault charge in Maryland is an aggravated assault… Read More »

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Civil Forfeiture in Criminal Cases

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Most people have strong feelings for and against controversial law enforcement practices, like civil forfeiture. Civil liberties advocates believe this practice is policing for profit and point to federal court decisions questioning it. Law enforcement officers justify the practice and point out that forfeiture funds the criminal justice system and keeps taxes lower. Whatever… Read More »

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Reckless Driving Defenses

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During the pandemic, since roads mostly emptied, law enforcement officials sparsely enforced the reckless driving law. Officers reasoned this law protects other drivers, and for the most part, there weren’t any other drivers to protect. Now that coronavirus lockdowns are in the rearview mirror, many officers are determined to make up for lost time…. Read More »

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Reckless Driving Charges in Juvenile Court

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Inexperienced juvenile drivers who have their first cars and want to test their limits are much more likely to commit Article 7 violations than older drivers who drive to get from place to place. For example, most street racing defendants are juveniles or young adults. The same criminal and traffic laws apply in both… Read More »

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VA Man Sentenced for Sex Crimes in WI

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Authorities in Michigan arrested a man who was originally from Virgina for alleged sex crimes after he fled from his new residence in Wisconsin. Investigators say the 44-year-old man lived in Virginia when he met a then-15-year-old girl online. He then groomed the girl for months, a process which included sexually explicit chats and… Read More »

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