There are many stories in the news detailing misconduct by police where officers of the law overstep the bounds of their authority. Some stand accused of using excessive force to apprehend and subdue suspects. In many cases, these suspects are people of color -- although, not always. A spate of video and audio recordings depicting some of these alleged overreaches of authority have captured the public interest in recent years. This has resulted in increased scrutiny of police tactics and a focus on the individuals who often end up on the receiving end of such abuses of power.
You went into town with a fake rifle expecting to make a video with some friends. You waved it around and were acting out a scene when you noticed some people leaving the area quickly. Moments later, you saw an officer pulling up to the scene and you were asked to put down your weapon.
Marijuana is not looked at in the way it once was. It's important to realize that it's still illegal in many states, Virginia included. Despite that, arrests are not as common as they once were.
A plea bargain is a negotiation between the defendant and the prosecution that ends in the defendant pleading guilty to one or more criminal charges in exchange for a reduction in punishments.
It doesn't matter if you live in the state of Virginia or another part of the country, a DUI conviction can change your life in many ways.
Drug charges are not something you want to have to deal with. You face heavy fines and penalties along with possible jail time or a prison sentence. Depending on the situation, you could end up with misdemeanor or felony charges.
When a conflict between two or more people gets heated, it is often difficult to know when the situation moves from tense or frustrating to legally actionable. In many cases, some people believe that as long as they do not physically harm someone, there are no grounds to press charges. This, however, is not always true.
When you're facing a drug charge, weapons crime charge or other type of charge, it's important to develop a defense against those allegations. Most people are aware that they have a right to an attorney, but some may not understand the importance of working with one.
Every state has its own relationship with guns. Some states have loose gun control laws, while others are strict and barely allow sales. Virginia has fairly middle-of-the-line laws that have common-sense restrictions.
Marijuana is becoming legal all around the country, but that doesn't mean it is legal where you are. While some people may have access due to medical conditions, others have no legal right to obtain, grow or possess the drug.