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Virginia law takes speeding very seriously

Oftentimes motorists drive faster than the posted speed limit. They may not know what the speed limit is in the area they are driving, they may simply think they are driving the speed of traffic, or they may think that going five to ten miles per hour over the speed limit is no big deal. After all, speeding is something most motorists have done at least once.

Football player pulled over by police, accused of drug dealing

Being accused of a crime can damage anyone's reputation, but this damage is only amplified when the accused is a celebrity. Celebrities live their life in the public eye, so any alleged wrongdoing can quickly be blown out of proportion, even if they are innocent. However, should a celebrity claim they were the victim of police misconduct, this too will likely make the nightly news.

Eight Virginia college students facing drug charges

Many young adults in Virginia take their college studies very seriously. They hope that, by doing well in their classes, they will graduate and be able to find a good job. However, there are certain things that could jeopardize a student's higher education goals. For example, students accused of committing a crime may find their entire future is at stake.

After 40 years, Virginia man's rape conviction vacated

A man who had been convicted of rape 40 years ago has had his conviction vacated. According to the Virginia Supreme Court, due to new evidence presented to them, they deemed it impossible that a jury would have determined the man committed the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.

Zero tolerance laws apply to teenagers accused of drunk driving

Teenagers are still maturing and may not always make the best decisions. Some teenagers in may experiment with alcohol. They may do so out of peer pressure, or they may simply be curious about its taste and effects. There are laws regarding minors and alcohol that, if violated, could lead to serious consequences.  These consequences can follow them for the rest of their lives - affecting college admissions, sports, careers, etc.

Will Virginia police support needle exchange programs?

Drug addiction is in the news a lot these days, particularly when it comes to heroin. While this drug is unlawful in Virginia and every other state in the nation, there are still those who will possess and use these illicit substances. While prosecutors may simply want to throw the book at drug offenders, others in Virginia may want to seek ways to help these people overcome their addictions.

Virginia man found not guilty in caterer's death

Arguments between people in Virginia can become heated, sometimes escalating into violence. Sometimes a person has no choice but to harm a person who is actively trying to kill them. Things become complicated, however, when a person who believes they acted in self-defense is accused of a crime.

Are sobriety checkpoints in Virginia legal?

Every so often, especially around holidays such as the Fourth of July, Halloween and New Year's Eve, police in Virginia will set up sobriety checkpoints as a means of identifying and apprehending drunk drivers. Sometimes a police department will publicize when and where these checkpoints will take place, but sometimes they do not make this information known to the public. This may lead Virginia residents to wonder if such checkpoints are even legal in the first place.

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