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Was your diabetes responsible for your DUI charge?

Adult-onset diabetes is a relatively common medical condition. Most people are aware that they are pre-diabetic before they develop full-blown diabetes symptoms. For those who aren't having their medical status or blood sugar monitored, however, it is possible develop symptoms of diabetes without much warning. For some adults, this could result in mildly impaired driving and body conditions which result in a false reading on a breathalyzer. If you believe your recent DUI charge stems from your diabetes, you should speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

Understanding ignition interlock devices

After being arrested for and charged with a drunk driving offense in Virginia, people understandably want to learn as much as possible about the potential consequences they may encounter if ultimately convicted. The use of an ignition interlock device is one such potential consequence. As explained by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, even a first conviction for driving under the influence may result in the required use of an IID.

How is property divided in a Virginia divorce?

Whether you have already filed for divorce, or are simply in the beginning stages of considering a separation, you may be uncertain of how property is divided in a settlement. Virginia follows an equitable distribution of law model when dividing property, which means that property and assets are divided in a fair and equitable fashion. Ultimately, the judge is responsible for determing who is entitled to what in the settlement. 

Could auto-brewery syndrome be responsible for your DUI?

While drinking and driving in Virginia are never okay, there are some people who find themselves with a DUI citation when they have been drinking very little, or maybe even nothing at all. This situation may sound unbelievable, but NPR reports that recent cases across the country have shed new light on a condition being termed auto-brewery syndrome. If you have received a DUI and do not believe you ingested enough alcohol to surpass the legal limit, you may be suffering from this syndrome.

The consequences of hazing charges in Virginia

Becoming part of any group in college is a top priority for many students, whether it is a sports team, fraternity or academic group. And in many cases, participants go through some type of initiation process. Oftentimes, these activities seem like harmless fun that reinforce a bond between new members and veterans. Other times, initiation becomes hazing, and that is prohibited in Virginia.

Financial concerns during and after divorce

Divorce is generally an expensive endeavor. Therefore, people who are heading toward divorce should prepare themselves for the financial ramifications as much as possible before it takes place. According to The Balance, divorce expenses extend beyond the initial legal and court fees. The spouse who will not have primary custody of the children should alter his or her budget to accommodate future child support payments, as well as potential alimony for the former spouse. Divorce may also result in a loss of some assets by one or both spouses. Since Virginia is an equitable distribution state, the court will determine the division of assets. These include the obvious items such as a home and vehicles, but it also encompasses investments, valuable items in the home and even insurance policies. 

How long does it take for the body to metabolize alcohol?

Like most in Lynchburg, you likely understand the dangers and risks posed by driving while intoxicated. At the same time, social drinking may be perfectly fine if you plan to do it responsibly. In most cases, that means having a designated driver in your party. However, if the situation does not allow for that, the question then becomes how long after drinking are you not considered to be intoxicated.

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