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When does a DUI become involuntary manslaughter in Virginia?

A motor vehicle accident can turn into a tragedy, if a person dies as a result. When this happens, people may be quick to assign fault to the driver that allegedly caused the accident. In some cases, an individual may be charged with a crime in connection to a fatal car crash, especially if it is alleged that the individual was intoxicated when the accident took place.

Assisting Virginians throughout the criminal trial process

When a person in Virginia is placed under arrest, they may feel confused, embarrassed or intimidated. They may be afraid of what will unfold in their future. Will the charges against them be dropped? Will they have to face a judge and jury in a trial? And what will happen to them if they are found guilty?

When is it illegal to possess a prescription drug in Virginia?

When a resident is ill or injured, they often visit the doctor who prescribes a medication to treat their ailment. It is important, though, that people do not share prescription medications with others or possess them without first obtaining a valid prescription. Doing so is not only dangerous for one's health, but also could be considered a crime.

Virginia is experiencing a backlog in drug testing

In general, when it comes to drug crimes police will seize what they believe to be illicit drugs. These drugs are usually tested to ensure they are what police believed them to be. However, many people in Virginia facing drug charges may find that there is a lengthy wait time for these items to be tested.

What constitutes the crime of burglary in Virginia?

Sometimes it seems like "familiar" crimes should be open-and-shut cases. For example, many people have a general idea of what they think burglary looks like. They may picture a thief forcing open a locked door in the dead of night and stealing something therein. However, the actual crime of burglary in Virginia is a lot broader than that.

What rights to Virginia juveniles have when accused of a crime?

Teenagers in Virginia sometimes make mistakes or fall in with the wrong crowd. They are still developing mentally and do not have the foresight or maturity of a grown adult. For these reasons, except in the case of serious criminal offenses, a juvenile accused of a crime will not always go through the same criminal trial process as an adult.

Virginia still takes a hard stance against marijuana crimes

Marijuana use is increasingly being seen as beneficial in certain circumstances. Many states have legalized the cultivation, sale and use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. However, recreational use of the drug is still illegal in most states, including Virginia. In addition, those who provide marijuana to another person could also be convicted of a drug crime.

Are there 'Romeo and Juliet' laws in Virginia?

The age at which a person in Virginia can legally consent to sexual intercourse is 18. However, it is not unusual for teenagers to engage in consensual sexual intercourse with one another, especially if they are romantically involved. While Virginia statutes do not use the phrase statutory rape, the law in Virginia does make some allowances for individuals 15 through 17. This is known as a "close-in-age" exemption, or "Romeo and Juliet laws."

Virginia governor signs two new crime bills into law

Virginia keeps a DNA database in which a person convicted of a crime has his or her DNA collected and kept. This DNA could link a person to a past or future crime. In some cases, it could exonerate a person accused of a crime. However, when it comes to DNA analysis, as well as the taking of fingerprints and photographs after a conviction, it is important that one's due process rights aren't violated.

Can DNA evidence be expunged in Virginia?

When it comes to violent crimes, a person in Virginia may be convicted based, at least in part, on DNA evidence. Other times, investigators will collect DNA evidence from a crime site, with the intent of locating or charging the alleged perpetrator. However, DNA evidence is not infallible, and sometimes a person will be charged or convicted of a crime they did not commit based on the wrong DNA evidence. When this happens, what will happen to the DNA evidence, and how will it affect the accused?

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