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What are drug possession laws in Virginia?

Drug possession laws in Virginia can be harsh which is why accused individuals should be familiar with their legal options straightaway should they find themselves facing drug charges. One example of the exceptionally harsh nature of Virginia's drug charges is that the second marijuana possession charge could lead to a year in jail.

While the potential penalties and consequences for marijuana possession can be significant, the potential penalties and consequences for cocaine or heroin possession can be even more significant. Even more serious charges can be associated with an alleged intent to sell which can also result in more serious potential penalties and consequences including 10 years in prison. The cost of a drug charges is steep which is why accused individuals must be aware of the legal resources available to help them when they are facing drug charges.

Can you refuse sobriety tests in Virginia?

When a police officer pulls you over on suspicion of drinking and driving, it is likely they will ask you to complete several field sobriety tests or a breath test, possibly both.

You are not the only one in this situation. According to MADD, police arrest over 3,000 people for driving under the influence each day. Often, officers can make it seem like you do not have a choice to take the tests, but is that really true?

Legal help with traffic violations

Traffic violations may not only ruin the recipient's day but may also results in problems down the road for the recipient of a citation to deal with. The process of challenging a traffic violation can seem daunting but that does not necessarily have to be true with trained guidance and knowledge of the process.

While a traffic violation is an inconvenience, it can also be more than that. Traffic violations can result in excessive fines, higher insurance rates, points added to a driver's license, higher insurance rates and a warrant for the driver's arrest in some circumstances. It can be helpful to know how to navigate the process and protect the driver's driving record and driving privileges.

What Individuals Facing Sex Crimes Charges Need to Know

Convictions for certain crimes can carry significant penalties above and beyond jail time or fines. For example, in Virginia, persons convicted of certain sex offenses may be required to register with the State Police and be listed in a publicly searchable database.

There are a number of charges for sex offenses that, upon conviction, require a person to register as a sex offender. For example, sex crimes where force was used are included, as are crimes that involve minors. Additionally, many offenses can mandate lifetime registration, as can involvement in activities related to sex trafficking, prostitution and child pornography.

What are embezzlement charges?

If you are facing embezzlement charges or accusations, you may wonder what embezzlement charges are and what embezzlement refers to. Embezzlement charges are a type of theft charges and are serious enough that they can carry potentially significant penalties and consequences.

Embezzlement is considered a type of white collar crime and is typically described as the theft, or larceny, of assets, including money or property, by a person who enjoys some type of trust or responsibility for those assets. Embezzlement generally occurs in employment or corporate settings. In circumstances of embezzlement, the party accused of embezzling is commonly lawfully in possession of the property but is then accused of converting the property for personal use.

How to defend against drunk driving charges

This blog recently discussed the rights of accused individuals following a DUI arrest. There are different methods of defending against DUI charges and because of their seriousness, accused individuals should always be familiar with what they are.

For an accused individual facing DUI charges, there are generally two ways to defend against drunk driving charges. There are affirmative defenses the accused individual may present or there are other methods of defending against drunk riving charges that include challenging police conduct or the validity of the alleged evidence being used against the accused individual. Affirmative defenses when facing DUI charges include necessity, duress, entrapment, mistake of fact and involuntary intoxication and accused individuals should understand if those circumstances apply to them.

Know your rights after a DUI arrest

Facing criminal charges for a DUI/DWI in Virginia can be a very frightening experience. There are many uncertainties and many possible long-term negative outcomes. Because so much is at stake, all DUI cases should be taken seriously and evaluated unique to each case.

After a traffic stop and any field sobriety tests, the criminal process begins when a police officer places the suspect under arrest. If you see the flashing lights in your rear view mirror and are on the way home from drinking, it is important to know your rights should the officer choose to investigate you for drinking and driving.

What can you face if you are accused of texting while driving?

Here in Virginia, there are many things that can lead to a person facing a traffic ticket. One is being accused of texting while driving. Along with nearly all other states, Virginia has a general ban on texting while driving.

Virginia’s texting ban has primary, rather than secondary, enforcement. So, in the state, a driver can be pulled over and ticketed for texting while driving all on its own, without any other type of violation being spotted by police.

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