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.
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.
Right now, most people are eagerly awaiting the start of the Fourth of July holiday weekend, which promises everything from picnics and barbeques to parades and fireworks. In other words, the last thing on their minds is the start of the state's new fiscal year.
The distribution of methamphetamine continues to be a problem in Virginia, despite being overshadowed by the opioid crisis here and throughout the country. The federal and state authorities recently carried out a sweep of alleged methamphetamine co-conspirators in Surry County and southern Virginia. They netted 20 arrests of persons allegedly involved in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Criminal defense counsel for each defendant will assiduously investigate the details and surrounding facts to determine any inaccuracies or fallacies in the indictment of each accused person.
Virginia Beach police arrested a suspect in a stabbing case recently. It illustrates a typical incident, and its reported circumstances pose some of the questions that criminal defense counsel must ask in initiating the defense of such an accused individual. The arrest occurred somewhere near the S. Plaza Trail after police heard a man screaming in a parking lot behind the Blarneystone Pub.
Military people know the drill of reciting name, rank and serial number if captured by the enemy. It's part of their training about complying with the rules of war. In the civilian world, the closest analogy to that might be if you are suspected of a crime and face questioning by the police.
Many different elements can converge to create significant legal troubles for individuals. Imagine for a moment that you are an long-haul trucker from Virginia stopped for a safety check by authorities in another state. These kinds of safety blitzes are common and happen more often this time of year.
Back in January 2016, we wrote a post to clarify the importance of the state's burden to provide "proof beyond a reasonable doubt" to obtain a criminal conviction. As that post observed, whether the burden is sufficiently met is a subjective decision made by the jury. It's futile to attempt to second-guess the outcome as an outsider.
"Virginia is for lovers." Have you heard that phrase before? It's been the tagline for Virginia tourism for so long that many in the advertising world say it has reached icon status. It certainly has attracted many visitors over the decades. Included among them are many young people who have chosen to come to the Commonwealth from other states to study at one of the hundreds of institutions of higher learning.
A student studying at William and Mary in Virginia was arrested on Feb. 27 for allegedly assaulting and abducting another student in two separate episodes. According to a spokesperson for the school, the accused person was 21 years old and the alleged victim was the same student for both incidents.