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October 2018 Archives

Looking at the expungement process

Should past mistakes follow Virginia residents around for the rest of their lives? We at the law office of Robert F. Rider believe that the answer is "not necessarily." A criminal charge or arrest can follow you around for a long time, and it can be difficult to get started on a new life when potential landlords and employers keep drudging up your past when you try to rent an apartment or apply for a job, but in some cases, it may be possible to remove past arrests or charges from your criminal record through the process of expungement, although the process is not easy and involves a lot of paperwork.

How red light cameras work

If you have encountered an intersection in Virginia monitors by cameras, you may well have wondered exactly how these things work and what their intended purpose is. The Virginia Department of Transportation asserts that the use of photo and video images at intersections is designed to improve safety. However, for drivers who receive tickets based on these cameras, it may well feel like just another way to issue more tickets and generate revenue.

What should college students know about alcohol use?

Young people drink in college for a variety of reasons. Alcohol is considered a rite of passage for those who are involved in sports, fraternities and sororities and making new friends. Many students enjoy the newfound adult freedoms of being on their own and going to bars and parties. Some students, especially those who are new to college life, might rely on alcohol to cope with the pressures of studying and stressful class schedules. You and other Virginia residents should understand the consequences that may result from drinking too much in college.

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