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Man accused of DUI after Virginia accident causing injuries

In order to address criminal charges in a meaningful way, accused individuals often need the right information. Because criminal law is complicated, it is not unusual for parties facing allegations to feel confusion and anxiety over the pending legal proceedings. Fortunately, there are ways that people who have been charged with DUI and other alleged crimes to find useful information.

One man in Virginia may be looking to explore local resources in order to gain criminal defense knowledge after recently being arrested. Reports stated that the arrest took place after a car accident that allegedly involved the man's vehicle and an SUV. Apparently, the SUV was traveling south when the man's northbound car crossed the center line and struck the SUV head-on. 

Exploring criminal defense options useful in Virginia

Criminal proceedings are often sensitive predicaments to handle. The person facing charges may feel as if he or she is being unfairly accused or have other issues with the situation that could make him or her feel overwhelmed and emotional. Because confusion is not uncommon during such a time, information on criminal defense options may help.

One man in Virginia may be hoping to better understand his situation after recently being taken into custody. Reports stated that the event that led to the charges involved a man purportedly stealing a car from an auto shop and then hitting two employees with the vehicle. One of the employees suffered serious injuries while the other suffered only minor injuries, according to reports.

Virginia women may find criminal defense information useful

Many people find themselves facing criminal charges for a variety of reasons. In any case, when having to deal with allegations and the legal proceedings such an affair entails, it is understandable for accused parties to feel overwhelmed at how to approach the process. For uncertain individuals, gaining information on their criminal defense options may be a wise place to start.

Two women in Virginia may be considering their first legal steps after a recent incident that led to their arrests. Reports stated that the women were allegedly going through a dumpster at the back of an electronics store when an officer noticed their actions. The deputy presumably approached the women, and for undisclosed reasons, the officer requested a K-9 unit to the scene.

General continuance and deferred finding

For a young person facing first-time charges, keeping a clean record ranks as a primary concern. In many cases, especially those involving relatively minor charges, going to trial hoping for a verdict of not guilty may not be the best option.

Virginia offers the options of general continuances and deferred findings as ways to resolve certain types of cases. Both of these have their own pros and cons. Consulting your own attorney is the best way to arrive at an informed decision that works best for you.

Police intensify DUI/DWI enforcement during holiday period

Virginia is geared up to engage in some intensive law enforcement efforts against drunk drivers this Labor Day weekend. The campaign against DUI/DWI offenders, dubbed Checkpoint Strikeforce, is in its 16th year of operation. The state intends to intensify its patrols and increase the numbers of checkpoints. Drunk driving is the cause of one-third of all holiday traffic deaths, according to the authorities.

There are nearly 200 agencies joining in the effort. Authorities say there will be 150 sobriety checkpoints and 520 saturation patrols during the holiday weekend. In 2016, there were 262 deaths from alcohol-impaired traffic incidents. This year is running 8 percent higher than in 2016.

Sex crimes against minors may require sex offender registration

Conviction of sexual offenses against children may result in the defendant having to register as a sex offender. It depends on the nature, gravity and violent nature of the sex crimes. The Virginia criminal code specifies exactly what crimes require registry and the procedures required for an offender to remain in compliance.

The recent arrest of a man in Virginia Beach for three counts of the alleged unlawful filming of a minor and one count of attempted unlawful filming could mandate sex offender status if the accused is convicted on all three counts. Under Virginia law, there must be three convictions of unlawful filming, videotaping or photographing of a minor to establish sex offender registration status. The lodging of three counts may be tied to prosecutorial attempts to assure that the man becomes a registered sex offender upon conclusion of the prosecution. Most Virginia sex crimes that require sex offender status are violent crimes or crimes against a minor.

Sex crimes carry a heavy toll despite young age of accused male

The acts of an adult engaging in sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl are serious criminal acts. When an 18-year-old male is charged with having sex with a girl that age, the tenor of the sex crimes charged do not generally offend societal values quite as much as if the male had been in his 20s, 30s or older. However, the law is equally offended by those acts, and generally in Virginia and other states, such consensual sexual activity is nonetheless chargeable as statutory rape or other major felonies.

Police recently arrested a Chesterfield man who was apparently traveling with a missing 15-year-old Central Virginia girl. The two reportedly knew each other and there does not appear to be any charges of forced sex, assault or rape. Police arrested the 18-year-old on felony charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and several misdemeanors. They indicated, however, that additional charges were forthcoming.

Prominent school board member is arrested on I-64 for DUI/DWI

It is always a difficult and touchy situation in Virginia and elsewhere when an elected local official is arrested for drunk driving. The press coverage will usually be more intensive and the person will suffer a degree of exposure that may be extensive. This is the problem being faced recently by an Henrico County School Board member who was arrested in the early morning hours of Aug. 5 on DUI/DWI charges.

The 43-year-old pastor and vice chair of the school board was pulled over on I-64 for allegedly driving in between two lanes. Police charged him with driving under the influence but did not initially release the results of his blood alcohol level. Generally, when the police stop a driver for erratic driving, they will focus their inquiry on drunk driving only if they observe initial signs that point to impairment.

What constitutes reckless driving?

It is often all too easy to encounter distractions when you are driving, but doing so might result in traffic infractions that then turn into legal trouble. One offense charge that surprises many people is reckless driving. The charge itself calls to mind consciously negligent and harmful behavior on the road, but in reality, a simple mistake could result in criminal charges.

You might wonder then, what exactly constitutes reckless driving? There are a number of answers to this question, and according to WTOP, the state of Virginia is among the top 10 strictest for reckless driving charges. The following three examples can land you in court if you are not careful.

DUI/DWI charges give way to felonies against fleeing driver

It is not helpful for an accused driver to get drunk driving charges that involve hitting a pedestrian and other vehicles in the process. It is clearly much worse if the person who is hit is the on-duty police officer who pulled the operator over for suspected DUI/DWI. This type of scenario played out in Virginia Beach recently when an officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle for suspected drunk driving.

After the initial stop, the operator allegedly drove off, hitting the Virginia Beach police officer and injuring him. The absconding driver also reportedly hit a vehicle at a nearby intersection while escaping from the police stop. To further escalate the suspect's troubles, persons in the car that was hit were injured and treated by emergency responders.

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