A concern that accused individuals facing sex crimes charges may have is if they will have to register with a sex offender registry and what that means. Anyone facing sex crimes charges should understand what a sex offender registry is and the potential impacts of sex crimes allegations and charges.
Breathalyzer tests can be challenged under certain circumstances and accused individuals should know what those circumstances are. To produce reliable and accurate results, Breathalyzer tests must be properly maintained and calibrated and if they are not, it may be possible to challenge drunk driving charges that are based on a Breathalyzer test.
Expungement, also sometimes referred to as expunction, can be critically important to individuals who have been convicted of a crime, which is why they should be familiar with the expunction process. Many understandable questions may come up related to the expungement process that convicted individuals should ensure they have answers to.
Drug charges are serious criminal charges which is why accused individuals need a strong criminal defense strategy protecting them. The benefits of a strong criminal defense strategy can include the possibility that the charges or potential penalties or consequences the accused individual is facing may be reduced or dropped altogether.
Virginia's felony murder rule often seems like a relic of the ancient common law, but the rule can have up-to-date teeth for those accused of a felony in which another person died. The rule may be applied in the recent case of a man who is charged with the sexual abuse and murder of his girlfriend's young son.
Road rage has become a common phenomenon in Virginia and most other states. Fortunately, the initial burst of anger rarely escalates, and the rage quickly dissipates. When the rage does not fade quickly, however, the original burst of anger can quickly into a serious and life threatening situation. A recent incident in which the driver of a Lexus fired shots at a Toyota Camry demonstrates what can happen.
High speed car chases are routine in action movies, but they rarely occur in real life. Except in Warren County Virginia. Virginia State Police have arrested and charged a man who allegedly led officers on a chase that reached speeds of 115 mph.
While facing any type of criminal allegation can be major, there are some charges that can be more life impacting than others. Take sexual assault allegations for example. This is a very serious matter, and when a person in Virginia and elsewhere is accused of forcing someone to have unconsented sex, this could result in very harsh penalties if a conviction results. Thus, it is imperative that one considers the defense options available to them.
Many licensed drivers in Virginia have heard of ignition interlock devices, but they do not have a full understanding of how the devices work or when a person can be compelled to use one. Virginia's traffic code requires that any person who is convicted of a drunk driving offense must install an ignition interlock system on his or her motor vehicle for a period prescribed by the judge. In addition, the guilty party cannot operate any motor vehicle that is not equipped with an ignition interlock device. Both penalties last until any period of driving suspension has expired. The offender must provide periodic reports to the court demonstrating compliance with the court's order.
Drivers who are arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs are required to provide a blood sample for testing by a law enforcement laboratory. Tests for excess blood alcohol content are often completed within a week or two, but testing for more complex chemicals such as methamphetamine or marijuana can take much longer. A resident of Goode, Virginia recently was required to wait over a month in jail before the tests on his blood alcohol content were completed. The tests results were revealed last week, and they resulted in serious drunk driving charges being made against the man.