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October 2012 Archives

Virginia Beach man's sentence includes time for prior charges

Sentencing in a criminal case involves more than just pronouncing a specific length of time that a defendant will spend in jail or prison. Judges typically attach a number of conditions to a sentence, which are designed to give defendants an incentive to remain law abiding. For example, a judge may order that a defendant serve a period of probation instead of sending that person immediately to jail.

Police arrest Virginia Beach man for DUI following car crash

Virginia Beach police have taken a local man into custody, alleging that he was intoxicated when he struck a police car on the side of the road. The drunk driving incident occurred shortly before 11:00 p.m. on Oct. 5. According to police reports, an officer had pulled a car over on Interstate 264 and was outside of the cruiser when the Virginia Beach man approached in his car.

Virginia Beach councilman faces domestic violence charges

As public consciousness has been raised about the impact of domestic violence, concerned neighbors who hear what could be a potential domestic dispute may decide to alert police. But a neighbor may not always be right; a couple can have a verbal argument without it rising to the level of a criminal offense. But when police arrive, they may decide to file charges regardless, requiring the accused to mount a defense against a crime that did not take place.

Minor faces car racing charges after crash in Virginia Beach

Young people in Virginia can make mistakes and end up on the wrong side of the law. The resulting criminal charges can affect their prospects for the rest of their lives, so it is important that they know their options to pursue a strong criminal defense. Common charges include a minor in possession of alcohol, but recently in Virginia Beach a juvenile was accused of a relatively rare crime.

Virginia Beach man arrested on drug charges after traffic stop

When in-custody defendants make their initial appearance before a judge, they may present arguments concerning the conditions of their release pending their next court date. The judge may decide to release the defendant with conditions, impose bail, or withhold bail altogether. The severity of the charged offense, the defendant's prior record, the risk of flight and non-appearance at the next court date and the chance that the defendant will commit further crimes if released are just some of the factors that can go in to the judge's decision.