If you're a regular visitor to our blog, then you may have come across our post last month concerning the issue of warrantless searches. As we explained in the post, our laws try to protect the rights of Virginia residents by making it illegal for police to enter a person's property, search a person's body or draw blood without first presenting a valid warrant. Any violation of this law can spell trouble for an investigation, particularly the evidence being used to convict a person of a crime.
Most people, whether they've had a run in with the law or not, know that our legal system is incredibly complex. Filled with thousands of statutes and regulations spanning across state and federal jurisdiction lines, it's not always easy to keep everything straight or know when you are violating the law.