ANNOUNCEMENT: Norton Pelt, PLC is relocating! As of 5/2/2022, you can find us at 1103 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. To give you an idea of what to look for, we are moving into a historical home within walking distance of the Fredericksburg Courthouse. Our phone and fax remain the same. If you have any questions, please contact us.

What You Need to Know About REAL ID – Including Recent Extension

Before long, your old driver’s license will not be enough for some activities that involve the federal government. In case you haven’t seen the inside of a DMV lately, we are talking about the REAL ID. You’re probably at least somewhat familiar with REAL ID, but might not know what it will be used for, when you can get one, or whether or not you actually need a REAL ID. We will attempt to answer some common questions Read More

Restoring Your Political Rights After a Criminal Conviction

Have you ever been convicted of a felony crime in the state of Virginia? If so, your political rights—like your right to vote and serve on a jury—have likely been stripped away. Fortunately, there are a few different methods you can use to restore your political rights in Virginia. What are my political rights? Your political rights include the right to vote, serve on a jury, run for public office, become a notary Read More

A Brief Guide to Powers of Attorney in Virginia

Considering the types of powers of attorneys is essential for any effective estate plan in Virginia. A power of attorney grants someone you trust, referred to as your agent, the authority to make certain decisions on your behalf when you are otherwise unable to make those decisions for yourself. In the context of powers of attorney, you are considered the principal.  Your agent is obligated to operate in good faith Read More

Understanding the Difference Between a Felony and a Misdemeanor in Virginia

If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime in the Commonwealth of Virginia, you are undoubtedly worried about what the future may hold. One of the most important things that you’ll need to learn after being charged is whether you are being charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. These are the two main classes of criminal offenses (they are each further broken down), with the felony being for more serious Read More

Overview of Virginia Drug Schedules and Penalties

The penalties for drug charges in Virginia vary wildly based on the type of drug in question, whether or not there was intent to sell or distribute, and any previous charges leveled against a defendant. To differentiate between different types of drugs, the state has outlined six classifications, or schedules, that substances will fall into. The lower the schedule number, the more serious the charge. Here is an Read More

Ready to File for Divorce? What You Need to Do in Virginia

Deciding to file for divorce is a huge deal that must be taken very seriously. Once you have made that decision, however, it is equally important to make sure you handle it correctly. The events leading up to the actual divorce can have a big impact on how long the process will take, and even the outcome. Fortunately, as long as you follow the proper steps and get the necessary legal help, the divorce process in Read More