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.
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.