The Fourth Amendment of the United States protects people from unreasonable searches by the government. This protects you in your home, on your property, in your vehicle and in your business. It protects you when you're walking alone, and it protects you during arrests and police stops.
When you come back from battle with wounds that are painful and disabling, the last thing you want is to be left in pain. The way the VA hospitals handled this was by giving out opioids, which are now known to be highly addictive pain medications.
In 2006, products containing ephedrine, phenylpropanolamine and pseudoephedrine were restricted on the market. The Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 bans the sale of any over-the-counter cold medicines that contain pseudoephedrine. If you want to purchase this drug, it's required that you speak with a pharmacist who then has to release it from behind the counter.
Drug charges impact your life significantly, and if you're caught driving while drugs are in your bloodstream and affecting your abilities, they may not be the only charges you face. If you drive while under the influence of drugs, you could face a DUI along with other drug charges for possession or transporting drugs.
Drug paraphernalia charges are some of the most complicated, because there are so many things that can be considered both paraphernalia and normal items. For example, you could smoke marijuana with a bong but also have one for display purposes or to smoke tobacco. You could have a small spoon for cocaine or heroin or have one to measure with for other purposes.
The possession of marijuana is unlawful in Virginia unless it is obtained with a valid prescription. As someone with an injury but no medical marijuana card, it's important that you go through the proper channels to obtain the drug. If you don't, you could face drug charges even though you're using the drug in the same way as other patients.
When new drugs hit the market, it's not unusual for the police to go undercover to try to locate where it's coming from. Their operations could take months, and during that time, the focus on finding out the names of people who are involved in the drug trade.
It has always been clear that heroin is illegal in the United States. While not all opiates are illegal, most require a prescription at minimum, and some are not ever allowed to be used. Getting caught with opiates without a prescription or getting caught with an illicit drug quickly leads to serious allegations and charges.
If you get caught as a part of a drug bust, you could face charges even if you're not actually selling, using or manufacturing drugs. For this reason, it's important to call your attorney as soon as possible after you're arrested, so you can protect your reputation right away. This case is a good example of how being indicted can affect you, since each of the people have been named in the news.
Criminal acts in Virginia vary from the mundane to the most violent of murders. The authorities collect data to try to determine which of the crimes are most prominent, so they can address the underlying cause.