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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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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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Do I Need a Virginia Attorney for a Reckless Driving Charge?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

The state of Virginia is one of the strictest states when it comes to reckless driving. A reckless driving charge can net you hefty fines, can result in the your driver’s license being suspended and can carry criminal penalties as well. If you get a ticket for reckless driving, you need to immediately contact… Read More »

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What to Know about Virginia’s Sex Offender Registry

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Sex offenders are required to register with the Virginia State Police or their local law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction where they reside. The following includes some things to know about those who may be required to register their status. Sex Offender Registry Guidelines Convicted sexual offenders are required to register within a certain… Read More »

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Transporting a Minor While Under the Influence (DUI)

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Getting a DUI in Virginia typically comes with hefty penalties, which may include thousands of dollars in fines, community service, license suspension, and the possibility of time in jail. If your DUI also involved an injury auto accident, you may be looking at a civil lawsuit for monetary damages and the other person’s pain… Read More »

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What is a Class 1 Misdemeanor under Virginia Law?

By Imp Orter |

When it comes to understanding criminal law in Virginia, you must start with the classification of the charges against you. You can be charged with either a misdemeanor or felony. A felony can carry a hefty sentence of state imprisonment or even the death penalty, whereas the most serious misdemeanor only carries up to… Read More »

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Should I Hire an Attorney for My First DUI Offense?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

The consequences of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Virginia are severe. Besides endangering yourself and others, a DUI charge could cost you time, money, legal privileges, your reputation in the community, and possibly your career. However, your first (and hopefully your only) DUI offense does not need to ruin your… Read More »

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