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April 2015 Archives

Regardless of reason behind arrest build a defense against charge

Law enforcement officers are on the lookout for, and make arrests regularly, of individuals who are accused of breaking certain laws. While those arrests are sometimes the result of police being in the right place at the right time, other times they are the result of police focusing on certain individuals.

What is civil commitment?

While arguably all consequences associated with a criminal conviction are undesirable, those pertaining to sex crimes can be particularly harsh. Even once a prison sentence has been served, in the state of Virginia a convicted offender could face additional time behind bars under the state’s civil commitment program.

Traffic stop results in drug arrests

An alleged methamphetamine bust in Virginia came about due to a traffic stop. A police officer pulled over a 2002 Jeep Liberty after reportedly observing it with expired tags and a burned out brake light. The driver supposedly gave consent to have the vehicle searched resulting in officers discovering several small baggies consistent with methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Finally, authorities claim to have found components used in manufacturing of methamphetamine.

I passed the breath test for DWI. Can I go now?

Getting pulled over is never a fun experience in Virginia Beach. When you see those flashing red lights in the review mirror, it can make your heart race and your palms sweat. Your anxiety may already be at a high level by the time the officer walks up to the vehicle and ask for your license and registration.

Executive order could make it easier for convicts to get jobs

As anyone who has been convicted of a serious crime in the state of Virginia is likely well aware, depending on what the person is found guilty of, the consequences can have an impact on the person’s life for many years. In the case of violent crimes for example, after someone is released from prison he or she historically might experience difficulty in securing a job. This is because in many situations when filling out an application a person must disclose if they have a criminal history. This recently changed.