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Gun rights restoration following a felony conviction in Virginia

Many people make decisions in their youth that they live to regret in the future. Unfortunately, some of these decisions carry consequences more significant than emotions. For example, those convicted of a felony in Virginia often face lifelong consequences for actions that occurred decades earlier, including a ban regarding guns. Fortunately, the law firm of Robert F. Rider, PLC can help with gun rights restoration in Virginia. 

There are many reasons why a person in Virginia might want to own a gun. These include self-defense and hunting. The inability for a person to own, buy or possess a firearm can be difficult for many.

Virginia woman faces DUI charge following accident

Most drivers in Virginia and across the country know of the importance of being fully vigilant so that they can respond to road conditions that could potentially change rapidly. Unfortunately, even the most vigilant of drivers are not always able to respond quickly enough to unexpected obstacles due to visibility issues, for example. Despite this, law enforcement officials may be quick to make assumptions about the cause of an accident. For example, a woman now faces DUI accusations following a recent collision.

The accident that led to allegations against the woman reportedly happened during the evening hours of a day in early November. Reports indicate that a 46-year-old man was in the road, backing a vehicle into a driveway. A 63-year-old woman apparently failed to stop, and she crossed the dividing line and hit the man's pickup truck. 

Fatal Virginia accident leads to DUI, other criminal charges

Car accidents can happen at any time of the day or night and for a variety of different reasons. As such, drivers and passengers in Virginia often take certain action -- such as wearing a safety belt -- to protect themselves in the event of an accident. Unfortunately, one man now faces charges of DUI, among others, after a passenger in his vehicle reportedly died in a traffic accident.

The incident happened during the early morning hours of a day in early November. Police reportedly responded to reports of a single-vehicle crash. Reports claim that a 27-year-old male driving a pickup truck failed to negotiate a turn, causing the vehicle to exit the roadway, overturn and strike trees.

How to drink smart and avoid trouble this holiday season

The holiday season is a time for friends, family, good times and maybe even some alcohol. While there's nothing wrong with enjoying a few drinks when spending time with loved ones, you don't want to go overboard. And it goes without saying that it's critical to avoid driving after you've consumed alcohol.

Here's the problem: You're so excited about the holidays and everything going on around you that you overlook just how much you're drinking. This increases the likelihood of getting behind the wheel when you're drunk, which can result in your arrest and a variety of potential consequences.

Woman charged with DUI following late night crash in Virginia

Most people in Virginia are committed to protecting the safety of the law enforcement officers that they may encounter while driving. However, the flashing lights of a police car can become disorienting at night. Whether this was a contributing factor in the wreck, a woman who was reportedly involved in an accident involving a stopped police vehicle is now facing a DUI charge.

The incident that led to the woman's arrest reportedly happened at approximately 11 p.m. on a night in mid-October. A police officer had reportedly pulled to the right side of the road while he completed paperwork related to a traffic stop he had previously initiated with another car. The 41-year-old female driver in question is believed to have run off the road and struck both the state trooper's vehicle and the vehicle that was originally stopped.

What is "attainder of felony?"

You may stand to lose quite a bit if you end up being convicted of a felony in Roanoke. Depending on the offense in question, heavy fines or even a forfeiture of freedom in the form of a prison sentence (or a combination of both) may await you. You should you lose everything? As hard as it may be to believe, there are actual legal principles that dictate that certain offenses could lead to such a loss.

The concept of an “attainder” is one that arose during old English (from which many of the legal principles that we currently recognize came). It equated to a metaphorical stain associated with a person when they became associated with a serious offense. Being assigned an attainder meant that the assignee forfeited both their title and property (and in many cases, their lives). With an attainder also came the idea of “corruption of blood,” which basically meant that an offender’s family was also punished for being associated with them, and thus could not inherit anything from them.

Using traffic school to your advantage

When you have received a traffic ticket in Virginia, you may be allowed the opportunity to go to traffic school to reduce the impact that your ticket has on your insurance and driving record. At Robert F. Rider, PLC, we are committed to helping people get their traffic violations addressed in as timely a manner as possible to optimize their resources.

You are not allowed to go to traffic school repetitively if you have received numerous tickets in a certain period of time. Generally, your opportunity to attend traffic school comes once and if you choose to attend, you will not have that option again for a set period of time. Too many tickets can make your driving record stand out to insurance companies and law enforcement and result in negative consequences including an increase in your insurance premiums, significant fines and even license suspension or probation for repeat offenses. 

Should you pursue restricted driving privileges?

Virginia residents like you should understand that DUI cases are handled very seriously in the state. Even a first-time DUI-related conviction can result in you losing your license for a time. Robert F. Rider, PLC, is here to talk about the possibility of pursuing restricted driving privileges if your license has been suspended.

Restricted driving privileges allow a driver whose license has been suspended due to a DUI-related incident to drive even with the suspension in place. However, you are only allowed to drive in certain situations. Driving for recreational purposes such as going to the movies or meeting up with friends are usually not covered under a restricted license. Instead, it is meant to be used for things like attending school, work, medical appointments or religious activities.

Your Virginia speeding offense could be reckless driving

Bad driving decisions can increase your risk of a crash. The risk isn't always limited to you and the people in your vehicle. Sometimes, the decisions people make at the wheel go beyond personal risk and into the territory of putting others at risk.

It is possible for someone driving recklessly without consideration for the impact on others to willfully endanger other individuals, or either private or government property. The state of Virginia considers reckless driving to be a serious offense, one that typically results in misdemeanor charges. However, if a fatality results from an alleged reckless driving incident, the charges may increase to felony charges.

Judge sentences driver in fatal crash to 22 years

A family from Falls Church, Virginia, lost three young children in an alleged drunk driving accident late last year. A judge recently sentenced the driver who reportedly struck their vehicle with his own to 22 years in prison, followed by five years of probation. 

The crash occurred in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on a December evening shortly after Christmas 2018. The family of five, immigrants to the United States from El Salvador, was reportedly returning home after attending church services. The other driver apparently struck the rear of the family's sedan with his pick-up. He reportedly admitted to drinking 10 beers while watching a football game. Test results revealed a blood alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit at 0.17%. 

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