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Monthly Archives: January 2024


Lawmakers Mull Expanded Hate Crimes Law

By Simms Showers LLP |

Because of an increase in anti-Muslim and anti-Semetic incidents, Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax) wants to extend hate crimes law coverage to include ethnicity. Helmer’s bill would offer protection for Jewish people who may not identify with the religion, but whose heritage is connected to the culture. “My sons, like many other children, have faced antisemitism… Read More »

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Breaking Down Forfeiture Proceedings in Virginia

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Depending on your perspective, civil forfeiture, which is covered in Section 18.2-46.3 of the Virginia Code, may be the most essential or most oppressive law enforcement tool in the state. Essentially, this provision allows law enforcement to seize and sell any property related to criminal activity, such as a bank account associated with money… Read More »

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Should I Hire a DUI Lawyer?

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Most people know the Miranda Rights line “You have the right to an attorney; if you cannot afford one, the court will appoint one for you.” Indeed , the Sixth Amendment guarantees the right to counsel in criminal cases. However, this provision in the Bill of Rights doesn’t guarantee a free lawyer. Most Loudoun… Read More »

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Triple Shooting in Virginia Beach on Christmas Eve

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An apparent shootout killed one person and wounded two others, and police have no leads or suspects. Shortly after midnight Sunday, the Virginia Beach Police Department (VBPD) responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Riverbend and Lakecrest roads. There, officers found two men who had been shot. One of them… Read More »

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Top Five Non-Moving Violations in Loudoun County

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Most people cannot drive more than four or five blocks without violating at least one provision in Virginia’s extremely complex traffic code. That’s just the moving violations. Many vehicles are not street legal, making their drivers subject to a stop at any time. The next step in a traffic stop is usually a criminal… Read More »

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