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THREATS IN WRITING-WHAT EXACTLY IS ILLEGAL?

Issuing threats in writing is a serious charge in Virginia. With the advent of social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, this issue is arising more frequently in area courts. While most written speech, even vulgar or distasteful speech, is protected under the First Amendment, certain threatening speech can land you a felony conviction in Virginia.slider-bg_03.jpg

EXPUNGEMENT OF POLICE AND COURT RECORDS

Criminal Law- What is an expungement?

An expungement is the process of purging a criminal or arrest record.  In other words, it is the legal procedure used to clear an eligible person's criminal or arrest record.  Chapter 23.1 of the Virginia Code governs the process of expunging criminal records.  The specific policy behind the expungement process acknowledges "that arrest records can be a hindrance to an innocent citizen's ability to obtain employment, an education and to obtain credit." See the code for Expungements Va. Code 19.2-392.1.

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