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.
Being a public official may provide many satisfying moments, but occasionally, a person's public role only serves to shine a brighter light on any sort of misstep. The mayor of Strasburg, Virginia, is learning that lesson after being charged with drunk driving within five years of a prior offense.
Using the internet to distribute negative images is not new, but the means of creating and distributing the images continues to evolve. Since 2014, Virginia has defined the non-consensual distribution of nudes or sexual imagery of a person as a Class 1 misdemeanor.
High school students provide some of the most vulnerable victims for pornographers because they are just beginning to experience and explore their sexuality. For this reason, among others, child pornography laws carry special penalties for violators. The recent arrest and arraignment of a teacher at Herndon High School serves as an example. The teacher at the Northern Virginia high school has just been arrested and charged with making illicit videos of students in various stages of undress.
Some drug arrests come about more or less by chance. For example, many people are found to be in possession of illegal drugs during routine traffic stops. Other drug arrests come about as the result of long investigations. These are likely to lead to serious charges of drug trafficking and other crimes.
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.