Being arrested and charged with a crime is an extremely unpleasant experience, but the consequences can also be unpleasant. A written record of the arrest and criminal charge can follow a person for an entire lifetime, adversely affecting job possibilities, credit and other important personal matters. Virginia law permits certain persons to remove their name and other information from the state's police and court records. The process is called "expungement," and it is available to anyone who has been charged with a crime and then either acquitted or has the charges dismissed.
Local economic development authorities in Virginia disburse large sums of money in their efforts to spark local development. According to recent reports, the former director of the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority was recently arrested and charged with several fraud-related crimes in connection with her former duties.
Virginia police are familiar with the concept of blood alcohol content, the percentage of alcohol in a person's blood. If tests show a person has a BAC of more than 0.08%, the person is legally deemed to be drunk and cannot drive. Now, Virginia police have a different problem that also depends upon chemical concentration - the difference between industrial hemp and marijuana.
Two substances that do not mix well - public school property and alcohol - are posing a significant threat to an elementary school physical education instructor who has been charged with drinking and possessing alcoholic beverages on public school grounds.
All drug crimes are serious and can result in serious penalties and consequences for the accused individual. Penalties for drug charges can include imprisonment and fines.
No matter the severity of the allegations, facing criminal charges can be a serious and overwhelming situation. For some, it may appear to be a situation in which they have few options. However, anyone accused of a crime has the ability to assert a defense. Doing so not only allows the facts of the matter to be considered, but it could also help defendants clear their names and reduce the impact the allegations could have on their personal and professional reputation.
Seeing the red and blue lights of a police vehicle flashing in your rearview mirror while driving is never a welcome sight. The matter only gets worse if you end up receiving a speeding ticket or some other citation for a traffic offense. When a person in Virginia is convicted of a traffic offense, such as speeding, that person will receive demerit points on his or her driving record. The number of points assigned depends on how serious the offense was. How long the points stay on a motorist's record depends on how serious the offense was.
Sometimes driving on highways in Virginia can be a real hassle, especially during a busy rush hour. It may be tempting to try to speed, or in some other fashion try to get to our destinations quicker. However, if doing so puts the safety of others in danger, it could constitute the crime of reckless driving.
It is well-known that certain illicit substances have the potential to cause substantial harm, and thus possession of these substances is illegal. Some of these dangerous substances include heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine. However, sometimes even the possession of prescription or over-the-counter drugs can be illegal in Virginia under federal law.
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.