Scott R. Sexauer, Attorney at Law

Fairfax Attorney practicing in the following areas: Bankruptcy, Criminal and Traffic, Divorce, Personal Injury, Wills, Business Transactions

I have been licensed as an Attorney in the Commonwealth of Virginia for more than thirty years. I am now a sole practitioner after serving as Managing Partner and/or Partner of different law firms for over twenty years. I practice in the following areas of the law:

Bankruptcy: Chapter 7, Chapter 13

Criminal and Traffic cases: felonies, misdemeanors, serious traffic offenses (DWI, Reckless Dr

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How Long Does Something Stay on Your Credit Report? 06/03/2021

How Long Does Something Stay on Your Credit Report?

A bankruptcy will be deleted from your credit report either 7 to 10 years from the filing date, depending on which chapter you file. https://bit.ly/3wQE7ak

How Long Does Something Stay on Your Credit Report? While negative items on your credit report might feel like a millstone around your neck, the penalty to your score does fade, and the blemishes will disappear from your credit history… eventually. And the good news is that good credit also stays on your report—for up to ten years. Here’s a loo...

abajournal.com 12/10/2020

Law enforcement is using location tracking on mobile devices to identify suspects, but is it unconstitutional?

As the use of geofence warrants has grown, so have controversies surrounding them. Defense attorneys argue they’re unconstitutional, and prosecutors say their use is a valid and valuable crime-solving technique. https://bit.ly/3gDr5WV

abajournal.com On May 20, 2019, a man wearing sunglasses, jeans and a reflective vest entered the Call Federal Credit Union in Midlothian, Virginia, brandished a gun and demanded cash. He made off with $195,000.

nerdwallet.com 10/23/2020

The Bankruptcy Means Test: What It Is, Why It Matters - NerdWallet

The #bankruptcy means test determines who can file for debt forgiveness through Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

nerdwallet.com The bankruptcy means test determines who can file for debt forgiveness through Chapter 7 bankruptcy. It takes income, expenses and family size into account.

abajournal.com 10/21/2020

Supreme Court will decide whether officer can enter garage after pursuit of misdemeanor suspect

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether an officer can enter a garage without a warrant when in pursuit of a misdemeanor suspect. https://bit.ly/34npBeV

abajournal.com The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether an officer can enter a garage without a warrant when in pursuit of a misdemeanor suspect.

nerdwallet.com 10/01/2020

Fear of Bankruptcy Holds Too Many People Back - NerdWallet

Many people could benefit from bankruptcy relief but don't file because of fear, myths or misplaced optimism. https://bit.ly/2SdEklE

nerdwallet.com Roughly 1 out of 7 households could benefit from bankruptcy relief, but many don't file because of fear, misinformation — or misplaced optimism.

news.bloomberglaw.com 09/03/2020

Private Student Loan Debtors Win Limited Bankruptcy Reprieve (1)

A Tenth Circuit ruling that some types of private student loan debts can be wiped out in #bankruptcy could broaden options for struggling debtors and prompt re-opening of some old bankruptcy cases. The decision doesn’t apply to government-backed loans or other “qualified” student loans, which make up the vast majority of typical student loans. https://bit.ly/3gT9Sap

news.bloomberglaw.com A Tenth Circuit ruling that some types of private student loan debts can be wiped out in bankruptcy could broaden options for struggling debtors and prompt re-opening of some old bankruptcy cases.

fool.com 08/25/2020

You Could Get Stuck With Your Spouse's Debt in Divorce | The Motley Fool

If you decide to end your marriage, you'll need to address not only how to divide your assets, but how to split the debt you and your spouse collectively owe. Unfortunately, the process is actually even harder than it looks -- and if you don't do it right, you could get stuck having to pay back your spouse's debt after a #divorce http://bit.ly/2o0Pm1S

fool.com Even if a court order says your spouse must pay, your credit could be on the line.

nerdwallet.com 06/22/2020

Why Waiting to File Bankruptcy Can Hurt You

The longer people wait to file bankruptcy, the more they struggle, according to a 2018 study. https://bit.ly/2PmqcV3

nerdwallet.com The longer people wait to file bankruptcy, the more they struggle, according to a 2018 law review study. Here's why you should use this legal tool sooner rather than later to regain your financial footing.

abajournal.com 05/12/2020

Could Zoom jury trials become the norm during the coronavirus pandemic?

As criminal courts grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, some in the legal industry wonder whether a virtual jury trial could be next. https://bit.ly/3cpBTVo

abajournal.com In April, a Florida court held a bench trial over Zoom to decide a child abduction case under the Hague Convention. Later that month, the same state held a major virtual trial on the voting rights of convicted felons, with the public listening in by phone.

abcnews.go.com 03/28/2020

How the coronavirus outbreak is affecting the US criminal justice system

Police departments in numerous states have begun scaling back arrests for low-level offenses, precipitating what is expected to be a significant drop in the number of arrests nationwide, in an effort to limit the exposure of officers to the virus. https://abcn.ws/3dBMPQG

abcnews.go.com In the span of a single week, the U.S. criminal justice system endured unprecedented upheaval.

wisebread.com 02/28/2020

What to Do When a Creditor Sues

If you lose a lawsuit to a creditor and the amount you owe is too high for you to pay, you might consider filing for bankruptcy. When you file, collection efforts against you will be automatically halted. http://bit.ly/2HYEWq7

wisebread.com When a creditor takes you to court your best defense is preparation.

sciencemag.org 11/14/2019

A judge said police can search the DNA of 1 million Americans without their consent. What’s next?

For the first time, a state judge has forced a public genealogy site, GEDmatch, to allow police to search its entire database of DNA profiles.The search warrant raises the alarming possibility of similar police searches of giant direct-to-consumer DNA sites such as Ancestry.com and 23andMe. http://bit.ly/2CHPHuc

sciencemag.org Law professor Natalie Ram discusses implications of landmark warrant

fool.com 10/03/2019

4 Things to Never Give a Debt Collector Over the Phone

Dealing with debt collectors is a daunting task. They may seem to have all of the power, but don't forget that you also have some weapons in your arsenal. http://bit.ly/2psQsnH

fool.com Tired of dodging your debt? Here are some pitfalls to avoid when your creditors come calling.

fool.com 09/04/2019

What's the Difference Between Secured and Unsecured Debt?

Secured debts are linked to an asset, like a home or a car. Chapter 7 bankruptcy can discharge most types of unsecured debt. If most of your debt is secured or nondischargeable, Chapter 13 may be a better option. A bankruptcy attorney can help you determine which chapter is right for your situation.

fool.com When you're borrowing money, you need to know if the debt is secured or unsecured. Find out how to tell -- and why the difference matters.

finance.yahoo.com 06/07/2019

Can Student Loans Be Wiped Out by Filing for Bankruptcy?

In most cases, your student debt won't be dischargeable in bankruptcy, but you may qualify for an exception.

finance.yahoo.com You racked up loads of student debt and now you can’t keep up. Is bankruptcy the answer?

thebalance.com 05/06/2019

How Retirement Plan Assets Are Split in a Divorce

QDROs are legal orders from divorce courts used for the purpose of divvying up specific types of ordinary retirement plans, including IRAs, private pension plans, and 401(k) plans, with an alternate payee, most often a former spouse.

thebalance.com A qualified domestic relations order (QDRO) splits retirement accounts after divorce. Many plans require QDROs before benefits can be divided.

thebalance.com 04/01/2019

What You Need to Know About Public Records on Your Credit Report

Public records that can appear on your credit report include #bankruptcy , judgment, or a tax lien. As the record gets older, it hurts your credit score less.

thebalance.com Certain public records are extremely difficult to remove from your credit report and can have a devastating effect on your score.

thestreet.com 02/21/2019

What Is Chapter 13 Bankruptcy and Is It Worth It?

Chapter 13 is a form of bankruptcy in which a debtor's finances are reorganized and a plan is developed for the debtor to repay their loans in a set period of time. It is the second most common bankruptcy, behind only Chapter 7.

thestreet.com Chapter 13 is a different form of personal bankruptcy than Chapter 7. What is it and how do you pay back your debts under it?

thebalance.com 12/14/2018

How to Handle a Garnishment

In most bankruptcy cases, an injunction called an automatic stay goes into effect when a bankruptcy is filed. This injunction stops most collection activity including calls and letters. It also stops most lawsuits and garnishments.

thebalance.com What to do if you are facing a garnishment of your wages or bank account.

wisebread.com 11/30/2018

Debt Collectors Are Calling My Family — Now What?

The types of calls that debt collectors can make is regulated by the Federal Trade Commission's Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. This act provides protection to consumers who owe debts.

wisebread.com Managing debt isn't easy. And it gets even more difficult when debt collectors start hounding your family members. Know your rights.

washingtonpost.com 10/09/2018

Analysis | Don’t look now, but that road sign is watching you

The Drug Enforcement Administration is expanding its national network of license-plate readers and hiding them inside roadside signs that warn motorists they're traveling above the speed limit #CriminalLaw

washingtonpost.com The Drug Enforcement Administration is expanding its national network of license-plate readers and hiding them inside roadside signs that warn motorists they’re traveling above the speed limit.

thebalance.com 09/25/2018

Your Guide to the Most Common Financial Issues of a Divorce

During a divorce, you and your spouse will be forced to make and accept decisions that have a major impact on your current and future financial situation and security. The most important thing to remember? Don't go into them uneducated and alone.

thebalance.com In a divorce, you will be forced to make and accept decisions that have an impact on your financial security. Don't go into them uneducated and alone.

nerdwallet.com 09/23/2018

What Is Bankruptcy? - NerdWallet

The #bankruptcy means test determines who can file for debt forgiveness through Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

nerdwallet.com Are you facing a mountain of debt and not making any progress surmounting it? Bankruptcy may be the tool you need to get over the hump. A bankruptcy filing stops debt collection…

fool.com 08/30/2018

Credit Cards After Bankruptcy

A bankruptcy shouldn't preclude you from being able to borrow money on good terms in the future. By taking steps to rebuild your credit after bankruptcy, you can see improvements in your credit score as your bankruptcy becomes less important compared to the good history you built up more recently.

fool.com Credit cards are important tools in rebuilding your credit score after bankruptcy. Here's a six-step process for building up your credit report with a credit card, even if you have a recent Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy behind you.

thebalance.com 08/20/2018

Considering Bankruptcy? What You Must Know About Bankruptcy Discharge

A bankruptcy discharge is a court order issued at the end of a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 case that relieves you from your obligation to pay a debt. Once a debt has been discharged, the creditor is prohibited from taking collection action on that debt—ever again.

thebalance.com Learn about bankruptcy discharge, a court order issued at the end of Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 cases that removes your personal liability for debts.

abajournal.com 08/02/2018

Another jail eliminates in-person visits and adopts 50-cent-a-minute video visitation

Jails are increasingly offering video visitations for inmates, and some facilities are citing the new, sometimes pricey service as a reason to restrict or ban in-person visitations. #CriminalLaw

abajournal.com Jails are increasingly offering video visitations for inmates, and some facilities are citing the new, sometimes pricey service as a reason to restrict or ban in-person visitations.

nerdwallet.com 07/27/2018

How to Rebuild Credit After Bankruptcy - NerdWallet

Although bankruptcy remains on your credit reports for up to 10 years, its impact will fade with time. You can help the process by offsetting the negative information on your credit report with something more positive.

nerdwallet.com A Chapter 7 bankruptcy gives you the relief of a clean financial slate — but also the worry that you’ll never have decent credit again. If you were eligible to…

fool.com 07/23/2018

4 Bankruptcy Myths -- Debunked

There's a lot of false information surrounding #bankruptcy . Here's what you really need to know about it.

fool.com There's a lot of false information surrounding bankruptcy. Here's what you really need to know about it.

cnn.com 07/13/2018

The US still incarcerates more people than any other country

Five key facts that bring the scope of the criminal justice system into focus. #CriminalLaw

cnn.com The United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world. Here are five key facts to better understand the issue.

marketwatch.com 07/13/2018

The plan you never want to make: How to prepare for a divorce

It is important to plan before, during, and after a divorce.

marketwatch.com 10 things to keep in mind.

forbes.com 06/28/2018

4 Reasons To Finalize Your Divorce In 2018 To Save Money

If your marriage is on the rocks, you need to be thoughtful about the timing of decisions. The government has recently enacted many tax laws that impact divorcing couples.

forbes.com Divorce is a whole new ballgame in 2019. What do you need to do now to control the tax game?

npr.org 06/26/2018

In Major Privacy Win, Supreme Court Rules Police Need Warrant To Track Your Cellphone

In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that police must obtain a search warrant to access an individual's cellphone location information.

npr.org The sharply divided justices ruled that police need a search warrant to obtain cellphone location data.

nerdwallet.com 06/20/2018

Why Waiting to File Bankruptcy Can Hurt You

The longer people wait to file bankruptcy, the more they struggle, according to a 2018 study.

nerdwallet.com The longer people wait to file bankruptcy, the more they struggle, according to a 2018 law review study. Here's why you should use this legal tool sooner rather than later to regain your financial footing.

06/15/2018

What is the difference between parole and probation?

Parole is an early release of an inmate from prison. Probation can be ordered by a judge during sentencing in lieu of jail time, or following a jail sentence. Both can be revoked if the recipient violates the conditions of their release. #CriminalLaw

bankrate.com 06/13/2018

The Financial Benefits of Wiping the Slate Clean

Overcoming a past offense and clearing the slate may be a long, tedious process for some, but it can be worth it. #CriminalLaw

bankrate.com It should come as no surprise that a criminal conviction can severely hurt your finances. Background checks don’t just list convictions, either. An arrest can still show up on a potential employer’s [...]

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