Entries by Gary Straw

What Should I Do If I Was Hit By a Semi-Truck?

Every year, over 130,000 people become injured in accidents involving semi-truck accidents. Additionally, nearly 74% of all fatal motor vehicle accidents involved a large truck. The considerable size and weight of semi-trucks make them dangerous, especially when passenger vehicle occupants are involved. Passenger vehicle occupants account for 68% of all truck fatalities. If you are […]

How is Child Support Calculated in Virginia?

When we discuss the divorce process with new clients who are parents, they are often concerned with child custody and child support issues. In Virginia, both parents must provide support to their children. When the parents become divorced or separated, a Virginia court can order one parent to pay child support payments.  The main goal […]

What are the Penalties for a First DUI Offense in Virginia?

Deaths from drunk driving have increased during the coronavirus pandemic. Even during a pandemic, the number of drunk driving deaths in Virginia is higher than in 2019. Drunk drivers are not self-quarantining. Some localities have had up to a 34% increase in drunk driving deaths. Virginia officials have increased the presence of local and state […]

What is the Difference Between DUI and DWI in Virginia?

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving while under the influence (DUI) are serious criminal charges in Virginia. Many people use DWI and DUI interchangeably when discussing drunk driving, but they are different criminal charges with different requirements and penalties. Understanding the differences between them can be confusing. However, if you have been arrested for drunk […]

Child Custody in Virginia FAQs

If you are considering getting divorced, you probably have many questions about the divorce process, including child custody. When we meet with new clients who are parents, child custody matters are typically at the forefront of their minds. Parents are concerned that they may lose their ability to see their children or that their soon-to-be […]

Five Dangerous Virginia Motorcycle Accidents

Multiple dangerous motorcycle accidents have happened in Lynchburg, Virginia over the past month. Despite continued lockdown restrictions due to COVID-19, drivers continue to be involved in dangerous motorcycle collisions. Even the safest motorcyclists can become injured in a motorcycle accident. Many Lynchburg passenger vehicle drivers do not pay enough attention to their surroundings. Intoxicated drivers, […]