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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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