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Frequently Asked Questions

Personal Injury

How long can I wait before filing a lawsuit?

According to the statute of limitations, you have two years from the time of your injury to file a lawsuit in Virginia. After this time expires, you are barred from taking legal action. As a result, it is in your best interests to contact a lawyer immediately after suffering any kind of personal injury.

Can I file a lawsuit without a lawyer?

The short answer is yes. However, your chances of filing a successful suit increase dramatically when you have an experienced lawyer by your side. He or she can explain the law to you, review your case and identify strengths and weaknesses, negotiate a settlement offer and fight for you in court.

Will my case go to trial?

Many people abstain from taking legal action after an accident because they are worried that they will have to endure a long court battle. Every injury case is different and you will have to speak to a knowledgeable lawyer to have a better understanding of whether your case can be resolved through settlement negotiations. However, the majority of personal injury cases are settled out of court.

What types of compensation am I entitled to?

The compensation you may be entitled to depends on the extent of your injuries, the amount of evidence you have to support your claim and whether you contributed to the accident. You may be entitled to receive reimbursement to cover the cost of medical expenses, pain and suffering and loss of wages.

What is pure contributory negligence?

The State of Virginia follows what is known as a pure contributory negligence rule. Under this rule, a plaintiff may be barred from receiving compensation if the defendant proves that he or she contributed in any way to the accident.

Criminal Law

What are my rights if I am arrested?

After police take you into custody, it is important to remember that you have certain inalienable rights. First, you have the right to remain silent. This is a right you should invoke immediately. Do not utter a word until your attorney arrives. Next, you have the right to an attorney, and if you cannot afford one, a public defender will be provided for you. In addition, all police questioning must cease if you request an attorney.

Should I take the public defender?

If you face criminal charges, it is in your best interest to hire a team of experienced lawyers instead of taking a public defender. Public defenders often handle too many cases at once. As a result, they are overworked and may be unable to provide you with the representation you need to create a successful defense against the prosecution.

What are the charges for first time methamphetamine distribution in Virginia?

The sale or distribution of methamphetamine is a serious crime that requires the assistance of a skilled attorney. If you are convicted of distributing meth, you face between ten and forty years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines.

What should I do if I am stopped for a DUI or DWI?

If police stop you for a DUI or DWI, you must remain calm. Law enforcement officers are trained to look for suspicious or nervous behavior. Secondly, you should always have your license, registration and insurance in an easy-to-access location so you are not fumbling through your glove box. You should also talk as little as possible since police listen for slurred words.

Is it possible to beat a DUI charge or traffic citation?

Many people believe that beating a DUI is not possible. However, with the seasoned team of Thomas L. Hunter, P.C. criminal defense attorneys in Chesapeake, Newport News and Hampton by your side, you may be able to reduce or possibly eliminate the charges altogether. Similarly, a knowledgeable attorney can assist you with speeding tickets and reckless driving citations.

Divorce/Family Law


I am considering divorce. Will I have to engage in a long and expensive court battle?

Not necessarily. Every divorce case is different. However, you should know that the majority of divorces are uncontested. The length and cost of your divorce depends on whether you and your spouse can agree on how to handle issues like alimony, child support and the division of property and assets, and which divorce lawyers you choose to represent you.

What are the benefits to choosing legal separation over divorce?

Under a legal separation, you are still legally married. However, you retain the financial and insurance benefits of being married. A legal separation is also beneficial to individuals who have certain religious or moral beliefs that do not allow divorce.

Do I really need an attorney if I want a divorce in Virginia?

There is no law requiring you to hire a lawyer if you wish to file for divorce. However, without an experienced attorney by your side, you may quickly find yourself in over your head. Divorce proceedings can become complicated. In addition, it is in your best interests to hire a lawyer if your spouse retains his or her own counsel.

Can a prenuptial agreement be revoked?

In order to have a prenuptial agreement amended or revoked, both parties must sign an agreement that acknowledges the changes.

Are there alternatives to divorce?

Yes. Some of the alternatives to divorce include legal separation, mediation and collaborative divorce.


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