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August 2014 Archives

Drug possession crimes can have serious consequences

All across the United States, drug crime has unfortunately become a big part of our society. Drug possession in particular seems to be one of the more common problems. Federal laws and Virginia state laws prohibit the willful possession of illegal controlled substances as well as the precursor chemicals used in the drug manufacturing process. Drug possession laws also prohibit the possession of paraphernalia such as syringes or crack pipes. The Federal Drug Paraphernalia Statute bases whether something is considered drug paraphernalia on primary use.

Author faces drunk driving charges after fatal car accident

Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs causes a number of accidents every year. Drunk driving accidents can have catastrophic results, including fatalities and serious injuries. One recent accident took place in Virginia, when Donovan James Webster, a world-renowned journalist and author, allegedly was driving under the influence.

What to expect when a child is charged with a crime

Many young people who are charged with crimes are not aware of the juvenile justice system and the consequences that may lie ahead of them. Children and teenagers who have not reached the age of majority, which is 18 in Virginia and most other states, may be referred to juvenile court by police. Minors under 7 years of age cannot be tried in juvenile court, or any court. Their parents may be held liable in some cases. Youths from 7 to 18 can be taken to juvenile court. If the crime is considered serious by prosecutors, a person in this age group may be tried as an adult.

Virginia teen acquitted of involuntary manslaughter charges

When a young person gets charged with a serious crime, they may face consequences that will affect them for the rest of their lives. Fortunately, many people facing criminal charges are found not guilty and therefore do not have to deal with any life-altering consequences.