In order to obtain a conviction of criminal charges, prosecutors must be able to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If a significant amount of time passes before an investigation into an incident begins, it may be more difficult to meet this high burden of proof as evidence disappears and memories fade. Unfortunately, one man in Virginia has recently found himself facing charges as a result of an alleged sexual assault that took place over 15 years ago.
Police officers have difficult jobs. In the current climate of this country, they often must perform thankless tasks while facing potential risks to their personal safety. As a result, however, an incident involving an alleged assault of a police officer could result in a harsh response by both the judicial system and the general public, regardless of the evidence or circumstances of the case. Unfortunately, one man in Virginia has recently been charged following an incident that sent an off-duty police officer to the hospital.
In the post-9/11 world, restrictions on what can be taken on airplanes have increased dramatically. Unfortunately, some restricted items are things that certain people may be so used to having on their person they may forget about them as they attempt to board a plane. Unfortunately, one woman faces accusations of weapons crimes after officials in Virginia claimed she attempted to take a gun through security.
There are a variety of different types of alternative vehicles on the roads. While options like a moped certainly have their advantages, operators could face additional risks due to their lower visibility, slower speeds and fewer protections for drivers in the event of an accident. Unfortunately, a man in Virginia has recently lost his life after the moped he was driving was involved in a collision with a pickup truck driven by a man who now faces a DUI charge in connection with the accident.
When a robbery occurs, police are often pressured to make an arrest. When there appears to be a string of robberies in the same area, potentially involving the same perpetrator, there is even more pressure to ensure that someone faces a criminal charge. Although efforts to solve crimes such as this are understandable, the additional pressure placed on police officers could prompt them to make hasty assumptions not fully supported by evidence. As a result, those accused of a crime, including two men recently arrested in Virginia Beach, will likely want to ensure they understand the evidence against them before making decisions regarding the direction their case will follow.
When a crime that is sexual in nature is alleged, there may be little evidence to support claims of violence even soon after the incident allegedly occurred. When an investigation is not initiated until almost a decade later, it may be nearly impossible to gather evidence that is more substantial than one person's word against that of another. In many situations regarding accusations of rape and other forms of sexual assault in Virginia, there is not sufficient evidence to meet the burden of proof required to gain a conviction.
The criminal justice system in the United States is designed to ensure that those who commit crimes are held accountable for their actions. While the goal is noble, the system is not perfect, sometimes convicting innocent people and sending them to jail. For example, four people in Virginia convicted of rape are asking Gov. Terry McAuliffe for pardons.