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April 2013 Archives

US Supreme Court holds a warrant is normally required before ordering a blood draw

The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides that people should be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a decision regarding that Fourth Amendment protection.

Penalties increase with multiple DUI convictions in Virginia

Last month, a Virginia man was stopped by law enforcement officers at a 7-11 due to suspicion that he was driving under the influence of alcohol. The stop occurred around 1:00 a.m., after the motorist continued driving when police officers first attempted to pull him over to the side of the road.

After reviewing evidence, Portsmouth man may be cleared of crime

Last month, a young Portsmouth man had learned that police put out his mugshot reporting that the man was wanted for selling drugs near a school. However, the 21-year-old man claims that he is innocent and he is extremely embarrassed for being accused of committing a crime he was not involved in.

More than 7,700 crimes solved in Virginia by using DNA database

When a serious crime is committed in Portsmouth, investigators may have evidence from crime scenes tested in order to determine whether the evidence will produce a DNA sample. If a DNA sample is produced, the sample may then be checked in the National DNA Index System to determine whether the sample can be linked to an offender who has already been convicted of committing other crimes.