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Monthly Archives: September 2023


What is the Definition of a Drug Free Zone?

By Simms Showers LLP |

According to Virginia law, a drug-free zone extends 1,000 feet from any “school, park, or other public area.” 1,000 feet is basically three football fields. Northern Virginia is one of the most densely-populated areas in America. Almost every street corner in Manassas is within 1,000 feet of a school, park, library, post office, church,… Read More »

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Kinds of Reckless Driving Charges in Virginia

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During the pandemic, empty roads encouraged reckless driving. Two-thirds of professed speeders said that, since traffic volume was so low, they didn’t think they put anyone else in danger. That logic might have worked during coronavirus lockdowns, but it doesn’t work today. Police officers and criminal judges, who are determined to break this bad… Read More »

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Virginia Crime Rate Increased in 2022

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The overall crime rate in Virginia went up 5 percent in 2022, according to the Virginia State Police. Homicides were up 10.5 percent with 621 people killed in 2022. The data also showed both victims and offenders were on the younger side, with 42 percent of murder victims being between the ages of 18… Read More »

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The ALR Process in Virginia

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The Old Dominion State, like all other states, has an implied consent law. When motorists sign their drivers’ licenses, they agree to provide chemical BAC samples, if a peace officer makes a lawful demand. More on that below. Interestingly, the implied consent law applies if the defendant is in “actual physical control of a… Read More »

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