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What rights do Virginia juveniles have when accused of a crime?

It is understood that teenagers do not have the same maturity or ability to reason that adults have and, therefore, may make poor decisions. Other teenagers may simply be at the wrong place at the wrong time when a crime is allegedly committed. Still other teenagers, simply because they are teenagers, may be accused of being troublemakers. With all this in mind, when it comes to the prosecution of juvenile crimes, it is not always fair to put a teenager through the same court process as an adult.

When is it illegal to possess a prescription drug in Virginia?

The advent of prescription drugs is a wonderful thing. For example, prescription antibiotics can save lives. Other prescription drugs can provide relief from innumerable medical conditions, from heart disease to diabetes to mental health issues, and many more. In addition, prescription painkillers can make an otherwise unbearably painful medical condition tolerable.

Improper police procedures may be your best criminal defense

Lawful procedures are vitally important to the criminal justice system. A defendant has a constitutional right to procedural due process, and a court may deem any evidence obtained by improper procedures to be tainted, and consequently inadmissible.

After your arrest, don't answer questions without your attorney

Aggressive prosecutors might assume the worst from circumstantial evidence. They may even be able to convince a jury of an innocent defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Although juries may sometimes get it wrong, do some criminal defendants play a hand in their own wrongful convictions?

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