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When amusement park visits go bad

Amusement parks (or "theme" parks) are a favorite way for American families to spend some time together. Most of the time, everything goes fine -- but there are exceptions.

Take, for example, the fact that Busch Gardens Williamsburg has just been sued for $2.25 million by two different injury victims in unrelated claims. One woman was hurt while on a popular bobsled ride. The other was injured while attending a Halloween-themed event at the park. She says she was scared by park employees and injured her head in a fall as she tried to run.

Are there benefits to choosing an uncontested divorce?

You and your spouse know everything you want to do with your divorce. You both believe that you can work out any minor disagreements yourselves, and neither one of you wants to drag things out longer than is necessary.

An uncontested divorce is simply a divorce that neither party is contesting, and it's what you may be interested in filing if you and your spouse agree on how you want to separate.

How do the police decide if a driver might be impaired?

Virginia has a drunk driving problem. While the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles indicates that accident-related fatalities declined in 2018 as a whole, fatal accidents involving alcohol actually increased.

Given all of the emphasis on the dangers of drunk driving that is constantly broadcast to drivers, the fact that there was a 12% increase in alcohol-related fatalities on the road between 2017 and 2018 alone, you can bet that Virginian authorities will be on the watch for suspected drunk drivers at every turn.

Illegal prescription charges warrant strong criminal defense

In Fairfax and across Virginia, drug charges are generally perceived to be related to illegal substances, like cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other scheduled narcotics. Street dealers, distributors and traffickers are common targets of police investigations. While legal violations related to these drugs will lead to an arrest, people who are trusted with the right to give prescriptions can also face drug charges. Medical professionals who are accused of illegal behavior with prescription drugs must remember that they need criminal defense when arrested on these charges.

A doctor was arrested amid accusations that he gave illegal prescriptions for Adderall. The man, 48, was subject to an investigation by undercover law enforcement. According the prosecutors, over nearly two years, he gave 15,000 such prescriptions. This occurred from Jan. 2017 to Sept. 2018. Pharmacies in the area refused to fill the prescriptions given by this doctor. He had a prior issue with his medical license having been suspended in 2012. This too was linked to prescriptions.

Teacher facing sex allegations in Fairfax needs criminal defense

For people in Fairfax and throughout Virginia, being arrested and facing criminal charges can be difficult no matter the allegations. However, there are some accusations that can have a life-changing impact in a personal and professional way. One crime that falls into this category is sex crimes. These are especially problematic if they involve children. Although any criminal act involving a child is terrible, it does not necessarily mean that the person accused is guilty. Having a strong criminal defense may be imperative to a successful outcome.

A music teacher is accused of committing sexual battery against a student. According to the charges, the victim states inappropriate touching occurred. The man gives private lessons, mostly to kids. In addition, he has music camps at his own studio over the summer. Law enforcement is investigating to see if more victims emerge. He was arrested in late December and released on bond. He has no previous criminal incidents on record.

Daydreaming drivers cause nightmare accidents

Think that distracted driving just means using your phone while you drive? Texting and driving is dangerous, and it's good to be aware of that. However, the truth is that distraction goes much deeper than texting alone. Anything that takes your mind off of the road -- a cognitive distraction -- may lead to an accident.

Take, for example, a study that showed daydreaming caused about 61% of distraction-based accidents. Drivers didn't look away from the road, but they still didn't see it. They didn't take their hands off of the wheel, but they still were not in control of their cars. Instead, they let their minds wander, and they caused some serious accidents in the process.

Five things to know about divorce and taxes

One of the things parties may fail to consider when going through a divorce are tax ramifications. Once a divorce is finalized, the next tax filing period will look a lot different.

First, you must remember to change your withholdings with your employer. You will now claim single rather than married. If children are involved, your dependents may also need to be changed depending on your custody agreement. This is a very important step, as it will have great impact on what you owe or how much your refund is.

Drunk driver causes multiple crashes on Beltway

A drunk driver caused a chain-reaction of crashes that took place on the Capital Beltway around 3 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The events caused multiple injuries, sending a total of six people to Inova Fairfax Hospital, some with life-threatening injuries.

Police received a report of a Nissan Leaf traveling southbound in the northbound lanes. Literally seconds after that report came in, the Nissan and a BMW SUV collided head-on. The impact sent debris flying across the freeway, causing danger to other drivers. Three other vehicles reported damage from the debris. As the parties involved in that collision got out of their vehicles and were standing nearby, a Honda Civic in the northbound lanes struck their vehicles.

Developer facing criminal charges after 16-year-old employee dies

A long-time real estate developer in Northern Virginia is facing serious criminal charges after a 16-year-old employee was killed in a jobsite accident over the summer. The 48-year-old owner of Digges Development in McLean, Virginia, faces charges of cruelty and injuries to children, and involuntary manslaughter.

The young employee was crushed on a residential construction site when a trench collapsed on him and another worker, according to news reports. The second individual was able to escape with injuries, but the 16-year-old could not. He had to be extricated. He was then transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The developer was well-known for building luxury and custom homes, as well as performing renovations. The company has been in business for over 60 years.

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