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    Ruth M. McElroy practices in the following areas of law: Family law, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Visitation Rights, Adoptions, Spousal Support, Relocation Cases, Pre and Post Marital Agreements, Domestic Violence, Reckless Driving, DUI/DWI, Juvenile Crimes, Felony and Misdemeanor Crimes, Traffic Offenses, Debt Collection, Civil and Business Litigation. She serves the Virginia Court system as a Guardian ad litem.

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    Jennifer D. Cisneros practices in the following areas of law: Family law, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Visitation Rights, Adoptions, Spousal Support, Relocation Cases, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Crimes, Reckless Driving, DUI/DWI, Estate Planning, Wills and Probate, Trusts, Civil and Business Litigation and Debt Collection.

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Category Archives: Criminal Defense

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Charges for Underage Drinking in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Possession of or consumption of alcohol by a minor is something taken very seriously in Virginia. Authorities firmly believe that underage drinking is both a safety and a health hazard to minors, and therefore, there are strict laws for someone who violates Virginia’s underage possession laws. If your child has been arrested for possessing… Read More »

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Virginia Class 1 Misdemeanor and Punishment

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you have criminal charges filed against you, you need to take it very seriously. Some people mistakenly assume that if the charge is a misdemeanor, it’s not serious and there is no need to retain an attorney or fight it. Do not just plead guilty and take whatever plea agreement the prosecutor’s office… Read More »

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Reasons to Hire a Virginia Criminal Defense Attorney for a Misdemeanor

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you or a loved one was arrested for a misdemeanor, you might assume there is no need to speak with or retain a Virginia criminal defense attorney. While misdemeanor charges are less severe than felony charges, you should always have a skilled defense attorney on your side. Even misdemeanors can be nerve racking… Read More »

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Do I Need a Criminal Lawyer for a Misdemeanor in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

A misdemeanor is a less serious crime than a felony, but it can still carry jail time and significant consequences if convicted. Misdemeanors are more serious than infractions, which typically do not result in any jail time. If you are charged with a misdemeanor, you should still take it seriously. Retaining a Virginia criminal… Read More »

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Bail Reform

By Cameron Benedetto |

Bail is an amount of money set by the court to act as insurance to make sure that a criminal defendant shows up for their day in court. If the defendant makes all court appearances then their money or property that they posted for bail will be returned.  If the defendant misses a court… Read More »

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What to Know about Plea Bargains in a Virginia Criminal Case

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

The use of plea agreements in Virginia criminal matters is quite common. It is preferable to resolve a matter through a plea bargain for a number of reasons. One of these is reducing the risk for both the prosecution and defendant. Plea bargains can also help ease the backlog of cases in an overburdened… Read More »

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When Virginia Traffic Offenses Turn into Criminal Charges

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Some Virginia drivers don’t take traffic infractions as seriously as they should. Some traffic offenses can be classified as misdemeanors, or even felonies. A traffic infraction is typically less serious than a misdemeanor or a felony, but it can still wreak havoc on your driving record and insurance renewal rates. There is a chance… Read More »

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New Virginia Laws Take Effect July 1 – Part 1

By Megan Thornhill |

In Virginia, new laws take effect generally on July 1.  Below are some of the changes that may be relevant to you or someone you know who has a legal issue. Custody/Visitation, Child Support and Spousal Support House Bill 1351 requires that the court shall consider and may award joint legal, joint physical, or… Read More »

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How to Get Your Record Expunged in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Having a criminal record expunged is an option for someone who was arrested and charged with a crime, but was not actually convicted.  If you have multiple records from different courts you want to have expunged, it’s important to retain a skilled Virginia attorney who has some criminal defense experience.  While you’re requesting to… Read More »

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Overview of Reckless Driving in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Reckless driving in Virginia is considered a class 1 misdemeanor, which means that it is a criminal charge which can have long-term consequences. If you’ve been charged with reckless driving, you need to meet with a skilled Virginia criminal defense attorney who can build you the best defense and get the charges reduced or… Read More »

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