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Virginia Senate passes medical marijuana expansion bill

Despite the benefits medical marijuana may give to those who are extremely ill, the use of medical marijuana in Virginia is currently very limited. Moreover, those who are caught possessing an illegal amount of marijuana can be charged with a crime, even if they were using the marijuana for medicinal purposes.

When can one seek an expungement in Virginia?

When a person in Virginia is arrested and charged with a crime, it is understandable that they do not want that record to haunt them in the future. Therefore, they may seek to have their record expunged. When a person's record is expunged, it means that the records of the person's arrest and the crimes the person was charged with generally cannot be obtained by the public, unless the person wishing to gain access to the record obtains permission from the court. This can be extremely useful when it comes to obtaining a job or housing, two situations in which having a criminal record could impose a severe hardship on a person's life. In what situations can a person seek an expungement of their record?

When is the use of a credit card a criminal act in Virginia?

People make purchases using a credit card all the time in Virginia, to the point that many people do not even carry cash on them anymore, preferring to buy things with the swipe of a card. However, the use of a credit card becomes a criminal offense in certain situations.

Virginia lawmakers look to reform juvenile crime laws

There is a trend in Virginia that some refer to as the "school-to-prison pipeline." This entails criminally charging minors for acts occurring at school that in the past have only been penalized through an in-school detention. In fact, the Center for Public Integrity reports that in 2015 Virginia lead the nation in criminally charging minors. However, some Virginia lawmakers are making an effort to address this issue.

Virginians facing criminal charges can seek a strong advocate

When a person in Virginia is charged with a crime, it can change the trajectory of their life in a major way. Their very freedom is at stake, their rights may have been violated and their reputation and livelihood may be hanging on by a thread, all depending on whether they are found "guilty" or "not guilty." It is at times like this that it is important for a person to have legal assistance, to help see them through the criminal trial process and advocate for their rights.

Three charged with DUI in Virginia over New Year's holiday

Perhaps because it is a time when many people are attending parties and staying up late, but police in Virginia are often on high alert over the New Year's holiday for those who may be committing crimes, particularly drunk driving. In fact, three individuals in Loudoun County are now facing multiple criminal charges, including driving under the influence, after being arrested during the recent holiday weekend.

When are 'harmless' pranks against Virginia law?

Everyone likes a good laugh, although unfortunately sometimes it is at another's expense. Some people in Virginia, especially teenagers, find it funny to make prank phone calls, for example. They may think that in the end, they are doing no harm. After all, it's just a joke, right? Not always. Sometimes prank phone calls constitute illegal harassment.

Virginia mom charged with felony after investigating bullying

Most parents in Virginia will protect their children at any cost. So, when one Virginia mother became concerned that her child was being targeted by bullies, she took action. However, her response, carried out with her nine-year-old child's best interests at heart, has landed her in legal hot water.

Short-lived law affected some Virginian's entire lives

A Virginia law that only lasted a few years has affected certain prisoners for their entire lives. In fact, even though these prisoners committed non-violent crimes and hadn't been convicted of a crime in the past, some of them have been in prison longer than those who have committed murder. The law was a "three strikes" law. It began in 1982. Those convicted under this law became ineligible for discretionary parole after a certain number of years. What's worse is that some of these prisoners didn't know that they were convicted as part of the three-strikes law until it was too late.

What constitutes the crime of burglary under Virginia law?

When people picture the crime of burglary, they may imagine a person kicking down a door and running away with cash or other stolen goods in the dead of night. However, even acts that are not so nefarious can be considered burglary under Virginia law.

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