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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.

Criminal defense is crucial with violent crime allegations

Facing criminal allegations in Virginia can have a dramatic and long-lasting impact on a person's life. When the charges are for assault or other violent acts, those who are dealing with criminal accusations and the possible penalties will undoubtedly be fearful and have concerns as to what the future holds. There is a stigma with violent crimes and people who have a conviction on their record should think about how the situation can harm them not just personally, but professionally as well.

Violent crimes cross the spectrum into multiple categories and all carry with them serious consequences. Getting into a minor altercation in which there was physical contact - even if there were no injuries - can result in assault charges. A more extensive situation in which there was a fight with or without weapons can result in assault and battery charges. Should people be seriously hurt in the case, it can result in a charge of malicious wounding. Domestic incidents can lead to an arrest, family problems and automatic disfavor in the community. Some assault cases result from another alleged crime being committed, such as robbery or sex-based crimes. In a worst-case scenario, there will be a death and the accused can be charged with murder or manslaughter.

What are the penalties for gun crimes related to "brandishing"?

Gun crimes are treated with a growing seriousness in Virginia and across the nation. Although the Commonwealth takes pride in giving residents the freedom with guns as they are intended, there are still acts with weapons that can lead to criminal allegations. A person does not necessarily need to use a gun to be charged with criminal violations. If there are claims that a person pointed, held or "brandished" the firearm, or an object that appeared to be a firearm, there could be criminal charges and accompanying penalties.

If a person does any of the above-listed acts with a firearm or a weapon that is operated with air or gas, or an object that looks similar, it is illegal. This is true whether the weapon can be fired or not, and it is done in a way that creates a reasonable fear of another person, or it is done in a public place where it would be reasonable to expect it to cause fear of being injured or shot. This does not apply if it is done in self-defense.

Man arrested for drug crimes and assault on law enforcement

People who are accused of selling, distributing or trafficking in drugs will face arrest and the harshest penalties, but those who are charged with drug possession can also be arrested and convicted. Frequently, the circumstances will result in other charges that can result in severe consequences as well. After a drug-related arrest and when there are other criminal allegations, having a criminal defense strategy is imperative.

According to a recent report, a 34-year-old man was arrested on drug charges and for assaulting law enforcement when they investigated. Officers were called at around 4 p.m. after the man was brought to the hospital having an apparent overdose. Emergency responders believed he had taken an illegal substance. As the medical professionals spoke to him, he reportedly acted in a disorderly way. Officers attempted to detain him and he allegedly kicked and bit them. Eventually, he was brought under control and arrested for drug possession and for resisting.

What do different BAC levels mean?

No matter who you are, if you drive drunk, then the police will arrest you. A Virginia lawmaker learned this the hard way by recently pleading guilty to DUI charges. 

The lawmaker in question had a blood alcohol concentration level of 0.18, which is well above the legal limit of 0.08. BAC refers to the amount of alcohol in your blood. A BAC of 0.01 means for every 1,000 parts blood in your body, there is one part alcohol. It may not seem like much, but it is enough to seriously impact your motor functions. It is vital for those who like going out to drink to understand what the levels mean, so they can consume alcohol safely and not get behind the wheel when they have had too much. 

Men face criminal allegations for theft at Walmart

Being accused of theft in Virginia can emanate from a variety of incidents. It might be a person who was placing small items in their pockets and tried to walk out of a store, only to be accused of shoplifting. It can be a larger type of incident, such as stealing a motor vehicle or robbing a bank. Or, it could involve people who are alleged to have taken items from a large store and simply tried to walk out without paying. No matter the level of theft and the potential consequences that accompany a conviction, it is imperative to have a strong criminal defense to the charges.

According to recent reports, two men are facing charges for allegedly taking items from Walmart, leaving the store without paying, putting them in their vehicle and fleeing. The incident occurred in the early-morning hours after 4 a.m. Another customer stated that the men loaded a cart and left in a blue vehicle. Police made a traffic stop and spoke to the men. After checking surveillance clips, they saw the men at Walmart. In the vehicle were, allegedly, clothes and four hover boards. The value was more than $900. The men, 47 and 36, are facing charges for grand larceny. They are also confronted with allegations of conspiracy to commit a felony. The 36-year-old man had a warrant for shoplifting in another incident.

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