In the beginning of the seventeenth century the London Company landed
in what they would later call the Colony of Virginia. At this time the
land was inhabited by Powhatan Indians, who were later enslaved by the
Englishmen. As the colony grew so did the plantations and politics. The
land was later divided into what is now Virginia and West Virginia when
the state entered the Confederate Army during the Civil War.
Today Virginia houses many important entities that strongly attribute
to its economy, including the CIA, the Department of Defense, and other
federal agencies. The laws that were created at the time of the
Revolutionary War gave way to the current Virginia state laws of today.
Unlike other states Virginia has special laws for how roads are
managed, how counties and cities are treated, and governor terms. Other
laws include labor laws, divorce laws, bankruptcy laws, gun laws,
felony conviction laws, expungement laws, and drunken driving laws.
There are currently two kinds of bankruptcy that the federal government
offers for personal use: Chapter Thirteen bankruptcy and Chapter Seven
bankruptcy. Chapter Thirteen bankruptcy allows individuals to eliminate
their debts through personalized payment plans that extend no more than
five years. Chapter Seven bankruptcy allows individuals to relinquish
their debts through liquidating their personal property.
Certain kinds of property are exempt from liquidation, such as real
estate, furniture, books, appliances, and clothing. Those who are
eligible for bankruptcy will have their incomes and debts measured to
the mean of the rest of Virginia. Whether or not an individual comes
above or below the mean, he or she will be granted one of the
Like all other states Virginia has specific divorce laws that are
different from all surrounding states. Virginia requires that those
filing for divorce first be state residents. All divorce cases are
managed by the county circuit courts, so filing to the incorrect county
will result in case dismissal.
An individual may file for divorce in his or her county of residency or
that of his or her spouse. If the divorce petitioner is not a Virginia
state resident, he or she may still file for a Virginia divorce if his
or her spouse is a state resident.
Each state separates its felony offenses into classes, which may be
alphabetical or numerical. Virginia breaks its felony classes into six
different sections. A Class 1 Felony is the most severe of punishments
and can include the death penalty, life in prison, and fines. Each
felony class has different kinds of offenses that can range from
homicide to assault to drug trafficking.
Depending on the circumstances of the arrest, the number of prior
offenses, and any other offenses, an individual will have a conviction
based on severity. Individuals may also have more than one degree of
felony offense and prison sentencing. For instance an individual may
have two felony convictions and a misdemeanor conviction for a single
incident. Imprisonment time can be added together in these
circumstances, such as combining a sentence of ten years with a
sentence of five years to equal fifteen years of imprisonment.