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July 2017 Archives

15-year-old must prepare criminal defense to murder charge

The Virginia Beach police report that they are making progress in solving the murder investigation regarding the killing of an 18-year-old man on the front porch of his home with his mother watching on June 23. A 20-year old man was arrested and charged on July 11 with conspiracy to commit a felony. On July 20, the authorities say they arrested a 15-year-old and charged him with murder, conspiracy and using a firearm to commit a felony. Criminal defense attorneys face a tough challenge when a minor is being treated as an adult in a capital case.

DUI/DWI charges withdrawn against fugitive driver

A driver who does not stop when law enforcement authorities try to pull the vehicle over is creating a reckless hazard and additional allegations may be made that would not have been charged otherwise. The Virginia State Police reported such an event recently when the operator of a BMW was suspected of speeding and erratic driving. When the operator would not pull over, a chase ensued and the suspect was arrested for DUI/DWI.

Man held in jail on sex crimes despite exonerating evidence

It is often easy for the authorities to select an individual with a prior record and tag him or her with perpetration of a crime without substantial evidence to back it up. This kind of criminal justice travesty can occur in Virginia or any other jurisdiction. A person with a prior record may be most vulnerable to being charged with alleged sex crimes or other crimes where identification may under the circumstances be difficult to pinpoint.

Criminal defense to gun charges will probe eyewitness

When the Virginia Beach Police made a recent traffic stop, they believe that they stumbled onto a suspect who was wanted for offenses allegedly committed a few days earlier. On Wednesday, June 28, police responded to a complaint at a local community college that a man had brandished a gun in a restroom on campus. On Friday, they stopped a man on an apparent traffic offense, but did not then know that they would saddle him also with mounting a criminal defense to the earlier charges of brandishing a gun at the college.

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