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Woman faces several criminal charges after police chase

In Manassas and throughout Virginia, traffic offenses that can lead to an arrest and criminal charges are generally considered to be related to driving under the influence. However, people can face criminal allegations for other violations as well, such as speeding, recklessness and driving negligently with children in the vehicle. If, for example, a person flees from law enforcement and drives at excessive speed when doing so, it can lead to serious criminal charges and penalties.

According to recent reports, a 41-year-old woman was arrested on a slew of charges after an alleged high-speed chase. The suspect reportedly had three children in the vehicle at the time. According to the investigation, law enforcement saw the woman in a Toyota Camry driving at excessive speed at shortly before 1 a.m. She was in a zone where the maximum speed was 55 miles per hour and she was allegedly clocked at 82 miles per hour. When an officer attempted to make a stop, she reportedly continued driving.

"Skipping out" on the bill can lead to criminal charges

The law is clear on the crime of fraud. If people fail to pay after getting a hotel room, a campground site or other location, getting food from a restaurant, entering an amusement park or get entertainment, food or other accommodations without paying, it is considered defrauding the establishment.

It is also illegal to obtain goods or services by misrepresenting oneself or by making false statements. Being arrested on these charges can range from a misdemeanor to a felony.

Can you clear your record of a DUI charge?

A DUI conviction can add a great deal of inconvenience to your life. You may lose your license or even go to jail. Once you serve your sentence, the black spot on your record can follow you for the rest of your life.

If facing down the prospect of having an unfair DUI conviction on your record, you may already wonder about the possibility of erasing it down the road. In the state of Virginia, it is not so easy to get rid of a formal conviction, even if the circumstances were not completely objective.

Manassas man faces criminal charges for indecent exposure

When residents of Manassas are accused of sex offenses, these are often perceived in the worst possible context, such as rape, molestation and various heinous allegations. However, people can be arrested on other charges that are categorized as sexual, including with indecent exposure. Simply because there are accusations does not make them true. For lower-level sex-based crimes, the penalties might not be as severe as they are for other sex offenses, but there are still consequences and people should be aware of the importance of crafting a strong defense to attempt to avoid the harshest penalties.

According to recent reports, a 78-year-old man was placed under arrest and charged with indecent exposure. The incident allegedly occurred in the mid-afternoon. Law enforcement was called at approximately 1:30 p.m. after the man allegedly stood in his window and exposed himself. The woman who complained, age 25, is an acquaintance of the man. She said that he stood and exposed himself while gesturing in an obscene way as he looked at her. After leaving the location, the woman contacted law enforcement. He was arrested and charged. Later he was released with a court summons.

Can you face drug charges for inhalation of noxious chemicals?

In Virginia, drug charges are generally categorized as being related to known illegal substances, like cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and even marijuana. Other types of drugs that can warrant criminal charges include prescription medications, if they are acquired, sold or used illegally. However, people can also be charged for misuse of substances that are for everyday purposes, but can also lead to drug induced intoxication. Knowing the law for inhaling drugs and noxious chemicals or causing others to inhale them is important when dealing with these allegations.

If a person inhales noxious chemicals, such as nail polish, glue for model airplanes and items that contain various intoxicating substances like ketones, vapors and more so that they can become intoxicated, experience excitement, be stupefied and unable to think clearly, or seek to dull their nervous system or brain, can be arrested and charged. Those charged will face a Class 1 misdemeanor. A conviction will result in a fine of up to $2,500, jail for up to one year or both.

Food delivery man accused of sex offenses and arrested

Food delivery is common in Virginia and people who work as delivery people are required to go to people's residences to bring them their order. For some, this can lead to various accusations of wrongdoing. One allegation that can be exceedingly problematic in a person's life is if they were accused of sex offenses. Whether it is outright rape or other sex-based crimes, the penalties can be severe if there is a conviction. Having a viable criminal defense is imperative and calling a legal professional who handles these cases is a must.

A 47-year-old man who delivers pizza was arrested after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman to whom he was delivering. The man made a delivery at approximately noon. He later contacted the woman informing her that he had another delivery for her. When he brought it to her, she said he committed sexual assault. Police were called and as they investigated, the delivery man fled Virginia. After he was found in New York by police there, he was arrested. He faces charges of forcible sodomy and other sex offenses.

What is computer invasion of privacy?

Many Virginia residents might think criminal charges in the Commonwealth can only come about from theft, violence, destruction of property and other obviously illegal behaviors. However, a newly prominent criminal act that can lead to penalties that are as serious or worse are computer offenses. Everyone has heard about hacking into another person's computer, but few realize exactly how severe the penalties are in the criminal justice system for these types of computer invasion of privacy charges.

If a person uses a computer or a network and examines information of another person, including their salary, credit or financial information, it is a computer invasion of privacy. When the term "examine" is used, the person accused must have reviewed the information after he or she should have been aware that there is no legal authority to do so. If there is an arrest for this charge, it will be a Class 1 misdemeanor. A conviction will result in jail for up to one year, a fine of up to $2,500 or both.

The importance of talking to witnesses after a DUI arrest

Drunk drivers are rampant all over the country. However, Virginia Beach has particular problems with the situation. The city ranks 10th in a nationwide study related to the highest number of drivers with DUIs on their criminal records. 

There are many steps to take after a police officer has arrested you on suspicion of DUI. You have to post bail and submit the proper paperwork to retain your driver's license from the local DMV. You also need to begin preparing for the upcoming trial. Most people should not immediately plead guilty. In fact, with the right witness in your corner, you may be able to avoid fines and jail time. 

Man faces drunk driving charges after driving in opposite lanes

Drunk driving and other DUI allegations are treated seriously in Virginia. Law enforcement and legislators see drunk driving as a significant danger to peoples' health and safety. With that, they are vigilant in trying to stop drivers who are exhibiting signs of being under the influence while on the road. This results in traffic stops, investigations and arrests. For those facing these charges, it is important to understand the potential consequences.

According to recent reports, a man who was spotted by law enforcement as he allegedly drove on the wrong side of the road was stopped and arrested for DUI. The incident occurred at shortly after 5 a.m. A deputy stated that he saw the vehicle moving at excessive speed going south in the northbound lanes. The officer reportedly needed to take evasive action to keep from being in a crash. There were nearly two other crashes with different vehicles. The officer pursued the driver and stopped him. The driver, a 38-year-old man, allegedly stated he had been drinking. He reportedly said he was distracted and that was why he was on the wrong side of the road. He took field sobriety tests and was given a breathalyzer. He was then arrested.

What if you are charged with hit-and-run after a car crash?

After an auto accident in Virginia, drivers are expected to stop their vehicle and stay at the scene. If they do not, they can face a variety of criminal charges. This is especially true if the accident led to injury, death or damage to property. While it is somewhat understandable that a driver might have been frightened after a car crash, it is a mistake to flee. Still, when drivers do make this mistake, it is imperative to understand what the law and the potential penalties if there is a conviction.

When a driver is in a crash and there is injury, death or property damage, he or she is expected to stay as close as possible to the scene without obstructing traffic. The driver must give information, including name, address, driver's license information and vehicle information to law enforcement, to the person who was injured, provided he or she is able to understand what is being said, or to another person who was in the other vehicle or is the custodian of the property that was damaged. The driver must also provide reasonable help to the injured person. That can include bringing the person for treatment.

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