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.
Residents in Virginia facing accusations of committing a traffic violation have likely heard of the demerit system before. Robert F. Rider, PLC, is here to help you understand exactly what you're up against when looking at this system.
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.
You're probably familiar with the many penalties associated with a DUI conviction. From loss of license to prison time to a large fine, there are many consequences that you don't want to deal with. For this reason, the best thing you can do is avoid drinking and driving in the first place.
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.
Residents in Virginia might not always stop to think that a traffic violation could be a criminal offense but that is definitely the case in many situations. A drunk driving conviction is one example of an offense that has both administrative and criminal consequences.