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Virginia man charged in death of his mother

Virginia residents facing any sort of criminal charge could end up facing hefty fines, probation, license suspension, and in more serious cases, jail time. Finding the proper criminal defense is critical. One Virginia man has been arrested as a possible suspect in the death of his mother.

The 29-year-old was arrested in 2011 for allegedly assaulting his mother and was charged with attempted murder. He pled guilty to a lesser charge of malicious wounding and was sentenced to five years in prison; all but one year of the sentence was suspended. The man was also sentenced to four years of probation after he served his time in prison.

On the day of the alleged homicide, police arrived at the scene after a report of "suspicious circumstances." Police have yet to provide details of these circumstances. Officers entered the multiple-story duplex and found the woman's body. The cause of death is still being investigated by the state medical examiner's office.

The woman's son, who lived at the house and was home when police arrived, was arrested soon thereafter. He was charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bond at a local jail. His arraignment was scheduled for earlier this month. His preliminary hearing has been set in early March.

When facing serious criminal charges, Virginia residents need to be aware of their options. Many criminal cases are settled by plea bargains, which can protect those accused of crimes from more serious charges and consequences. Plea bargains usually result in the reduction of charges. A lesser charge will benefit the accused in the long run, as it will look better on a permanent record and make it easier to move forward. Also, a lesser charge can mean that it may not have as much of an effect on future convictions. Plea bargains also help avoid publicity and help speed up the process to enable all parties to move on with their lives as quickly as possible.

Source: The Roanoke Times, "Son charged with first-degree murder in death of Vinton woman," Duncan Adams and Tiffany Holland, Jan. 27, 2014

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