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How Are Sentencing Guidelines Used in Criminal Cases in Virginia?
Virginia uses sentencing guidelines during sentencing for felony charges. After someone is convicted of a felony in Virginia, whether it be after entering a guilty plea or a trial, the Circuit Court judge will order a presentence report. A presentence report is prepared by a probation officer and includes various background, family, and employment information about the defendant. One of the items included in the presentence report is a calculation of sentencing guidelines.Read Article
What is a Guardian Ad Litem and Why Do I Need One for My Child Custody Case?
In Virginia Beach child custody cases, judges often appoint a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) for the children. Most family court judges do not favor having children testify in court during a child custody hearing. Custody cases are stressful and emotional matters for the parents involved, and even more so for the children. A Guardian ad Litem (GAL) is an experienced family law attorney who is appointed by the court to represent the interest of the children in a contested child custody case.Read Article
Abduction Cases Are Not Always Tied Neatly With a Bow
Abduction, or kidnapping, can be charged for many common situations that donít require being tied up and held against their will. The Virginia Code defines abduction as the unauthorized holding or transporting of someone against their will by force, threat, intimidation, or deception.Read Article
How is Military Retirement Split During a Military Divorce?
Military divorces are subject to both state and federal regulations for retirement distribution. In Hampton Roads, VA the military divorce lawyers at Garrett Law Group are available to answer your questions. Due to the extensive military presence in Hampton Roads, it is no surprise that many divorces filed in Virginia Beach are filed by military members or military spouses.Read Article