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SHERIFF BILL WATSON V. MAYOR KENNY WRIGHT AND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MISDEMEANOR AND FELONY EVADE AND ELUDE

Sheriff Bill Watson v. Mayor Kenny Wright: Politics or Enforcing the Law?

As many people already know, Sheriff Bill Watson and Mayor Kenny Wright of Portsmouth, Virginia, squared off on Tuesday night in a very unusual low-speed police chase.  According to local news networks, Sheriff Watson attempted to issue a traffic summons to Mayor Wright for an expired inspection sticker after a city hall meeting. Mayor Wright however did not stick around for his citation and instead drove off in his vehicle.  Shortly thereafter, a low-speed law enforcement chase with multiple stops ensued. At the end of the ordeal, Sheriff Watson issued Mayor Wright a summons for the expired inspection sticker.  Then, to make matters worse, Sheriff Watson went to the Magistrate Judge the next day and took out a warrant for felony evade and elude.  Here are some local news links to the story:

REASONABLE DOUBT: WHAT DOES IT MEAN? WHAT ABOUT STEVEN AVERY?

make-a-murderer-195x300.jpgWhat is Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt?

These days it seems like everyone is talking about Steven Avery and the Netflix docuseries "Making a Murderer."  The news networks and social media have had a field day with the high profile case out of Wisconsin.  There is even a misguided petition to the President of the United States, Barack Obama, seeking Avery's release.  Along with all of this buzz, many people keep wondering about the burden of proof for the government.  Specifically, people want to know what it means to prove a case "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt?"

INTERNET SEX CRIMES: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!

Internet sex crimes are extremely serious. Not only are crimes such as possession of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and solicitation of a minor felony offenses, but convictions can lead to consequences such as registration on the Virginia Sex Offender Registry for life. Further, sex crime convictions can severely impact your ability to obtain employment, go to school, or even live in the house or apartment of your choice, depending on its proximity to places such as schools and churches. If charged with an offense such as possession of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, or solicitation of a minor, it is vital to have an attorney who is experienced in this area of the law and who is knowledgeable of all possible defenses.

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