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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These days some people may not see marijuana possession as dangerous as people thought it was in years past. In fact, some states have even decriminalized possession of the drug. While Virginia has not gone that far, a new law has taken effect that would reduce the penalties associated with marijuana possession.
While some states in the nation have legalized marijuana manufacturing, sales and usage, Virginia is not one of them. In Virginia it is illegal to manufacture, sell or use marijuana for recreational or even medicinal purposes. Moreover, the manufacturing, sale and usage of marijuana also violates federal law.
Sometimes a seemingly innocent activity can land one in legal hot water. This certainly was the case for a man in Fairfax County, who is facing criminal charges simply for using a laser pointer.
There is a lot of confusion about the age of consent for sexual activity. This post seeks to clear up some of the confusion, but readers with more questions may want to speak with a lawyer.
Being charged with a crime in Virginia can have long-lasting consequences, so it is important that a person's Constitutional rights are upheld at every stage in the criminal trial process. This means that every person is innocent until proven guilty, and guilt must be proven "beyond a reasonable doubt." If the prosecution doesn't meet this standard, then the charges must be dropped, as one recent case shows.