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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.

What are the penalties for drunk driving in Virginia?

Virginia residents may certainly appreciate the three-day weekend Labor Day brings. And, for many, Labor Day is a time to celebrate the end of summer before ushering in the fall season. Whether a person is spending Labor Day at a party, or whether they are simply relaxing in their home, like any other holiday people across Virginia will have a drink or two on Labor Day.

Virginia school board member accused of drunk driving

No one driving in the middle of the night wants to be pulled over by the police. It can be a confusing and sometimes intimidating experience. Sometimes police pull over a driver for a traffic infraction like speeding or failing to yield. However, sometimes police pull a driver over on suspicion of drunk driving.

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