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Even seemingly minor drug crimes should be taken seriously

While people in Virginia may understand that felony drug charges are a serious affair, they may not take lesser drug offenses very seriously. However, this can be a mistake. This is because even a minor drug offense can lead to fines and, more seriously, the suspension of a person's driver's license. Without a driver's license, a person might be unable to go about their daily activities, such as driving to work, running errands and more. In fact, without reliable transportation, a person might even lose their job. It is very important to take all drug crimes seriously.

Former American Idol contestant faces drug charges in Virginia

Fans of the hit music competition television program American Idol may remember contestant Antonella Barba, who participated in the sixth season of the show in 2007. While her voice may have briefly put her in the spotlight when the show aired, today she is in the spotlight for another reason: allegedly running a drug ring in Virginia.

Harassment via the Internet can lead to criminal sanctions

The digital age has provided us with new ways of communicating with one another that decades ago may have seemed impossible. With the advent of the Internet came email, chatrooms, social media platforms, video conferencing and more. In fact, it may seem as if there are more ways to communicate with one another than ever before.

Is aiding and abetting the same thing as conspiracy in Virginia?

What happens if you give someone a loaded gun, knowing that they're going to use it to do something illegal? Or, what if you serve as the getaway driver for a person who has committed a crime such as burglary? Perhaps you didn't plan the crime itself, but you did something that you knew would help another person commit that crime. In these cases, Virginia residents may have committed complicity, and could be criminally charged.

Who can be the victim of domestic violence in Virginia?

It is not unusual for those who live together to get into arguments sometimes. Most of the time these arguments involve nothing but words and are ultimately resolved with no issue. Other times, however, these arguments can escalate into a physical altercation that leads to charges of domestic violence.

Poll suggests some Virginians support criminal justice reform

In general, if you are found guilty of a serious crime in Virginia, you can expect to spend some time in prison. However, are sentences of lengthy incarceration always the best way to treat those who have committed a crime? One poll suggests that Virginia residents are starting to say "no."

Can Virginians possess products containing CBD oil?

The use of marijuana for medicinal purposes is becoming more acceptable to many in the United States, with 23 states legalizing the use of medical marijuana. However, marijuana use is still illegal on a federal level. Virginians may understand that smoking "weed" is against the law, but they may wonder if these bans extend to products such as oils containing cannabidiol (CBD), a compound found in the marijuana plant.

What happens if a juvenile is tried as an adult in Virginia?

Many teenagers in Virginia get into trouble from time to time. After all, making mistakes is part of growing up, and teenagers may not have the maturity to understand the consequences of their actions. Sometimes a poor decision doesn't break the law and it is up to the teenager's parents to punish the child. However, other times a teenager may be accused of committing a very serious crime and may be facing the prospect of criminal proceedings.

What defenses may be available to Virginians facing drug charges?

Whether it is possession of marijuana or possession of a more dangerous substance, such as methamphetamine, drug possession is a serious crime in Virginia. With penalties such as years behind bars, steep fines and a criminal record at stake, it is important to take possession charges seriously. The following are some examples of defenses that might be used to counter drug possession charges.

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