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What if someone under 21 faces drunk driving charges in Virginia?

Driving under the influence of alcohol is a widespread problem in Manassas and throughout Virginia. Since it is such a dangerous behavior that can result in injuries and death, law enforcement officers and legislators are constantly trying to lower the number of those driving drunk. However, simply because a person is stopped on suspicion of drunk driving does not automatically mean they are guilty.

If a person is convicted of drunk driving, they can face a loss of their driving privileges, fines and jail time. For those who are under the age of 21, being accused of drunk driving is a multi-layered problem. Having a legal defense is key for people in this situation. A person under 21 is not legally allowed to drink alcohol in the state. If they also get behind the wheel, their blood-alcohol concentration cannot exceed 0.02 percent.

Can I face criminal charges in Virginia for drone use?

Technological advancements provide various diversions, hobbies and toys to Virginians and people across the country. This can be enjoyable and useful in a personal and professional context. However, legislators are putting laws in place to regulate how these items - especially drones and other unmanned aircraft systems - are dealt with if there is a violation. Those arrested and charged with violations of this law should remember that the charges can be serious.

If a person uses an unmanned aircraft system and enters another's property to coerce, commit harassment or intimidation or after being told to stop via notice or does so with any other intent, they will be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor. The penalties for a Class 1 misdemeanor can include both jail time and a fine. A conviction can result in up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500, or both.

Woman with toddler charged with drunk driving, public urination

When a Manassas resident is confronted with drunk driving charges, other factors can make the potential penalties much worse. For example, if there is an accident, if the person refuses to submit to a breath test, if there is an attempt to elude law enforcement and more can multiply the problems the person will face. Other issues can also arise such as previous driving-related convictions and a driver's license suspension. Regardless of the circumstances of the case, however, everyone must have a viable defense against the allegations. Legal help is a must for that defense.

A 24-year-old woman was arrested after law enforcement saw her outside her vehicle where she was urinating. When the deputy investigated, a toddler was found in the car along with another woman. The incident happened at around 7 p.m. The woman was arrested on numerous charges including driving with a revoked license, child abuse/neglect, DUI and indecent exposure.

3 hidden consequences of a suspended driver’s license

Like most motorists in Virginia, you probably do not give much thought to your driver’s license. After all, assuming you have one, you simply get behind the wheel of your car and hit the road. Suspended driver’s licenses in Virginia, however, are probably more common than you think. 

Dozens of motor vehicle infractions in the Old Dominion can cause authorities to revoke your driving privileges. While driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol may result in an immediate suspension, a pattern of bad driving could ultimately cause you to lose your Virginia driver’s license. Here are three hidden consequences of receiving a suspension. 

An experienced guide is crucial after drunk driving charges

Virginians should know that law enforcement will be out in force during the holiday season looking for drivers who might be operating their vehicles under the influence. While that will inevitably lead to the arrest of people who were driving with a blood-alcohol concentration that is beyond the legal limit, it does not necessarily mean that everyone who is facing charges is guilty. There is always a strategy for a legal defense. Given the penalties that can be assessed for a drunk driving conviction, it is crucial to have legal advice immediately.

It is to be expected that people will be out and about during the holidays and celebrate with friends and family. Provided they do not get behind the wheel while under the influence, there is nothing wrong with that. However, law enforcement seeks to stop drivers who are showing signs of impairment and make an arrest. Those who are arrested could be confronted with a litany of penalties including steep fines, a license suspension and even jail. Unfortunately, it does not end there. Even after the penalties have been assessed, there could be problems.

Man faces criminal allegations for DUI and assaulting an officer

People can sometimes be combative when they are arrested and decide that they want to resist arrest. Any type of assault on a law enforcement officer will cause innumerable problems that must be addressed with a strong criminal defense.

A 25-year-old man is in this situation now after he was arrested on multiple offenses following an altercation with a law enforcement officer. The incident began around 1 a.m. when police were called about two people who were drinking in a parked vehicle. The man who was arrested was behind the wheel. The engine was running. He was believed to be under the influence. Officers attempted to place him under arrest, but he allegedly shoved an officer who fell on the ground. There was a struggle, and the man was arrested as a result. Both parties had minor injuries. Police claim the man initially gave a fake name but later discovered his identity and charged him with DUI, assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, and providing false identification.

What is identity theft and what are its penalties?

For those who are accused of identity theft, it is important to understand that the allegations can be serious with significant penalties if there is a conviction. Knowing exactly what constitutes identity theft is a key factor in lodging a strong defense and seeking a positive resolution.

If a person uses another's identifying information for the purpose of defrauding for his or her use, or the use of a third person, and does so without permission or authorization, it is identity theft. The following acts constitute identity theft: obtaining information about a person that is unavailable to the general public and can help in getting access to financial information, other documents for identification, or to obstruct another person's benefits; receiving money, items, credit, or services by using that information; acquiring identifying documents in that person's name; or acquiring, recording, or accessing that information by impersonating a government official or a law enforcement officer. These laws also apply to acquiring this information and selling it to another, as well as instances where that information is used to avoid being arrested, receiving a summons, being prosecuted, or in attempting to impede a criminal investigation.

Man faces criminal allegations for assault and property damage

In Manassas, there are often unusual criminal allegations that result in people being arrested and faced a litany of charges. Not every case is the same, though, which is why it is important for those who are charged to understand their rights and how to build a strong criminal defense. Some of the most complicated cases involve domestic disputes that spiral out of control, involve other people who had nothing to do with the situation, and escalate into property damage. For those dealing with police investigations into their behavior and an arrest, it is critical to call for a defense attorney immediately.

A 38-year-old man may need to do so after he was arrested on several charges related to alleged violent incidents involving a woman. In November, the man had gone to a vehicle repair shop to confront a 25-year-old woman with whom he had had a domestic incident the previous day. She had driven to the shop to fix damage that had occurred during the incident. The man is an acquaintance of hers. Allegedly, when she drove in, the man pulled his vehicle in behind hers and rear-ended it repeatedly. He then fled.

How do driver’s license points work in Virginia?

Whether you have been driving for years or just received your first driver’s license, you have probably heard about Virginia’s point system. Virginia law handles driving privileges differently from other states. If you want to avoid a license suspension or revocation, you should know how motor vehicle infractions affect your driver’s license.

In Virginia, drivers may receive either safe points or demerit points. While safe points give you some wiggle room, if you accumulate too many demerits, you may lose your driving privileges. Here is everything you need to know about Virginia’s point system. 

Woman faces criminal charges after alleged assault

People will frequently get into arguments in Manassas. Sometimes these arguments escalate to the degree where somebody commits violence. This can lead to criminal allegations, an arrest, and the possibility of various penalties should there be a conviction. Some of these incidents will be unusual with people going to extreme lengths and committing serious assault. If this happens with a motor vehicle being used as a weapon, it can be a major problem not just for the victim, but for the person accused of committing the act. Having legal advice is vital for those who find themselves in this situation, as is the case in one recent incident.

There, a dispute between a man and a woman allegedly led to the woman attempting to run him over with a vehicle. Law enforcement was called in the mid-afternoon at around 2 p.m. They were told that an assault had taken place. According to the investigation, the 20-year-old woman had an argument with a 26-year-old man. Reports allege that the disagreement rose in intensity to the point where she hit him with her vehicle and then fled. She was later arrested on charges of hit-and-run and attempted malicious wounding, among other allegations. The man had minor injuries. The investigating is ongoing.

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