Parents in Leesburg do their best to raise their children to become kind, respectful, self-sufficient and productive members of society. However, part of growing up is making mistakes, and sometimes a teenager is accused of doing something illegal. This situation might not seem so serious at first, but parents and teens must keep in mind that a criminal conviction acquired in their youth can impact their entire future.
The Virginia Senate has recently approved legislation that would make it illegal to use a handheld cellphone while operating a motor vehicle. The bill passed by a 29-11 vote. The bill will now go on to the Virginia House of Representatives and, if approved, to the governor's desk for a signature.
Being pulled over by police for a traffic offense can be annoying at best and nerve-wracking at worst. One thing police may do at a traffic stop is perform a search of a vehicle if they have probable cause to believe a crime is being committed. Such searches can lead to criminal charges, as one incident shows.
It is well-recognized that adolescents and teenagers are still developing physically, mentally and emotionally. They do not have the maturity, forethought or experience to always understand the consequences of their actions. Sometimes, this means that youths in Virginia who are accused of committing juvenile crimes will be facing the Juvenile Justice System.
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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.