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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.

How do I challenge a breathalyzer test when needed?

Breathalyzers tests are a piece of evidence that accused drivers can challenge in a variety of different ways. A breathalyzer test may be used as a key piece of evidence against the accused driver which is why it is essential for accused drivers to be familiar with how to challenge a breathalyzer test.

To begin with, it may be possible to challenge the Breathalyzer test on the basis that it is unreliable. Breathalyzer tests must be properly calibrated in order to produce reliable results. If the breathalyzer test was not properly calibrated or maintained at regular and set intervals prior to use, it may be possible to challenge the reliability of the breathalyzer test and the results of that test as part of a DUI defense.

You can ask the courts to change your Virginia child support

When the courts set the final terms for child custody and support in your divorce, they issue a final decree in the form of a court order. Many people view these documents as legally binding and permanent, but that isn't always the case. While any court order is legally binding and requires compliance from its subjects, it is possible to change court orders if the circumstances in your life also change.

The child support that the courts ordered may no longer be reasonable or even feasible when your income or employment situation changes. If the income of your ex increases or if you change how much time you spend with the children, those factors could also influence your obligation to pay child support.

Guiding divorcing couples through their property division process

Property division during divorce can feel overwhelming which is why it is important for divorcing couples to keep in mind that the family law process provides legal resources to help guide them through the process of dividing their property. In some circumstances, divorcing couples are dividing a lifetime of property they have acquired together so understanding basic property division principles can help guide them through the property division process.

It is always helpful for divorcing couples to be prepared to negotiate a property settlement agreement between themselves whenever possible. The divorcing couple is in a better position to determine how property should be divided than the family law court, however, the family law court can help divorcing couples who cannot work out their property division concerns with a property division settlement. It can be less costly, acrimonious and time-consuming if the divorcing couple is able to resolve their concerns together which is true of most divorce-related concerns divorcing couples will need to resolve.

What are felony charges?

Because felony criminal charges are some of the most serious criminal charges accused individuals can face, it is important to be familiar with what they are. In short, it is best to think of felony charges as the most serious types of criminal charges in the criminal justice system. As a result, they require a strong criminal defense.

Felony charges can be distinguished from misdemeanor charges that, while serious, are considered less serious than felony charges. Felony charges are typically punishable by more stiff prison sentences of a year or greater in prison and steep fines. Misdemeanor charges, on the other hand, are typically punishable by a year or less in jail and fines that may still be significant but not as much as those associated with felony criminal offenses. In some instances, individuals facing misdemeanor charges may not ending up facing jail time at all but may be required to complete community service instead.

The staggering impacts of brain injuries for victims

Brain injuries can take an obvious toll on victims but some of the toll a brain injury can take on victims and their families is less obvious. Brain injuries can have an extensive impact on victims, their families, communities and society as a whole and the physical, financial and emotional costs to victims and others can be staggering.

Because brain injuries can sometimes initially be difficult to spot, brain injury victims and their families should know what to watch for. The symptoms of a brain injury can include numbness; weakness in the limbs; excessive drowsiness; a severe headache; dizziness or loss of vision; slurred speech; vomiting or nausea; and loss of consciousness and confusion. The extensive impact of brain injuries can be disruptive to victims physically and emotionally and may result in mood and personality changes as well.

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