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Virginia mom charged with felony after investigating bullying

Most parents in Virginia will protect their children at any cost. So, when one Virginia mother became concerned that her child was being targeted by bullies, she took action. However, her response, carried out with her nine-year-old child's best interests at heart, has landed her in legal hot water.

Short-lived law affected some Virginian's entire lives

A Virginia law that only lasted a few years has affected certain prisoners for their entire lives. In fact, even though these prisoners committed non-violent crimes and hadn't been convicted of a crime in the past, some of them have been in prison longer than those who have committed murder. The law was a "three strikes" law. It began in 1982. Those convicted under this law became ineligible for discretionary parole after a certain number of years. What's worse is that some of these prisoners didn't know that they were convicted as part of the three-strikes law until it was too late.

What constitutes the crime of burglary under Virginia law?

When people picture the crime of burglary, they may imagine a person kicking down a door and running away with cash or other stolen goods in the dead of night. However, even acts that are not so nefarious can be considered burglary under Virginia law.

New law regarding marijuana possession takes effect in Virginia

These days some people may not see marijuana possession as dangerous as people thought it was in years past. In fact, some states have even decriminalized possession of the drug. While Virginia has not gone that far, a new law has taken effect that would reduce the penalties associated with marijuana possession.

What are the penalties for the sale of marijuana in Virginia?

While some states in the nation have legalized marijuana manufacturing, sales and usage, Virginia is not one of them. In Virginia it is illegal to manufacture, sell or use marijuana for recreational or even medicinal purposes. Moreover, the manufacturing, sale and usage of marijuana also violates federal law.

Assault charge against judge dropped

Being charged with a crime in Virginia can have long-lasting consequences, so it is important that a person's Constitutional rights are upheld at every stage in the criminal trial process. This means that every person is innocent until proven guilty, and guilt must be proven "beyond a reasonable doubt." If the prosecution doesn't meet this standard, then the charges must be dropped, as one recent case shows.

Alternative drug court opens in Virginia Beach

For many years, our nation's criminal justice system was very harsh on those convicted of drug crimes. These people were often incarcerated for many years, and once released from prison, would encounter difficulties in finding a job, a place to live and in general re-entering society.

Craft a strong criminal defense strategy with the right help

Most people in Leesburg understand that being charged with a felony drug crime can come with serious consequences, including a lengthy prison sentence and a steep fine. However, even misdemeanor drug crimes can carry with them unwanted penalties, such as the loss of one's driver's license, which could significantly impact a person's life.

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