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What are criminal charges for conspiracy for larceny or trespass?

In Virginia, if there are charges for trespass or larceny, it is a natural assumption that those who are charged will be the individuals who are accused of committing the act. However, there are others who can be charged too. If there was a conspiracy to commit the crime, people who took part in the planning can be arrested and charged as well. Understanding the law for conspiracy in this context is imperative to the criminal defense.

For example, when there is a person who took part in a plan in the Commonwealth to enter another's property whether it is land, the premises, a building or any other area, knowing they are not legally allowed to do so in writing or orally, or knows because there is a posting sign saying so, it will be a Class 3 misdemeanor charge. When there is a conviction for a Class 3 misdemeanor, the person faces a fine of up to $500.

Woman who drank wine at store arrested for DUI offenses

When a person is subjected to a traffic stop and subsequently arrested for drunk driving charges in Virginia, the situation is rarely a simple one. In some cases, there were other incidents preceding and following the DUI incident. This can raise the level of charges the person faces and make the penalties - jail time, fines, a driver license suspension - far worse. With any criminal case, it is critical to formulate the strongest defense possible and to achieve as positive an outcome as can be reached.

According to reports, a 30-year-old woman was arrested for drunk driving and will face other charges as part of the series of incidents before and after the alleged DUI. According to the investigation, the woman drank wine at a local department store and then drove away. Officers stopped the vehicle when they witnessed her throw a lit cigarette from the window - an illegal act. The deputy stated he smelled a strong aroma of alcohol coming from the vehicle. The woman was allegedly slurring her words and her eyes were glassy and bloodshot. An empty box that had contained wine was in the vehicle. There was also a full box of wine that had not been opened. When she was brought to the hospital to be tested for blood alcohol content, she reportedly became belligerent and two deputies were kicked. She was arrested on multiple charges for DUI and assault on law enforcement, among other allegations.

Man arrested on drunk driving charges after chase

Law enforcement in Manassas and throughout Virginia is out in force seeking drivers who might be operating their vehicles under the influence. When an attempt is made to stop the vehicle, drivers are expected to stop and comply with officers. If they do not, there can be charges for drunk driving and more. This can lead to significant penalties including jail time, a driver license suspension and fines. While it is inadvisable to drive under the influence and flee from law enforcement, that does not mean every arrest is valid and the person should not lodge a strong defense. Legal assistance is essential toward that end.

A 25-year-old man was arrested for DUI, felony eluding, driving after his license has been forfeited, possessing marijuana, and reckless and aggressive driving. The incident began at approximately 4 p.m. when an officer was enforcing speed limits and stopping drivers who violated the law. The vehicle driven by the man who was eventually arrested was said to be speeding. The officer turned on his emergency lights and pursued the vehicle. The driver fled and hit another vehicle before crashing into a pole. After the officer investigated, the man was arrested.

What are the penalties for reckless gun crimes in Virginia?

Most Virginians are responsible gun owners. Many have firearms for protection or hunting. However, while gun crimes are frequently categorized as being committed by people who are involved in robberies and other illegal activities, even those who have firearms legally can face allegations of wrongdoing. The statement "protect your rights" has never been truer than it is for those who are not taking part in criminal acts but find themselves confronted by allegations of illegal behavior with firearms. In these cases, having legal assistance is key.

Reckless handling of firearms and reckless handling while hunting are charges that gun owners can face. Understanding the law for these crimes is important. If a firearm is handled recklessly and the lives, limb or property of others is put in danger, the person will be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor. If the weapon is handled wantonly, grossly and culpably showing reckless disregard for another's life and there is a serious bodily injury with permanent physical impairment, it will be a Class 6 felony. For people who are hunting and violate these laws, the judge can penalize the person not just with the punishment decided upon by a jury, but by revoking the individual's license to hunt or trap with a firearm for a period between one and five years.

Are you hoping your record can be expunged?

Before your arrest, you probably had many plans for your future. You may look forward to attending graduate school or interviewing for a new job, but your brush with the law put all your plans on hold.

Now you have a criminal blot on your record. Can you have this kind of mark removed? Are you eligible for expungement?

Manassas man accused of sex offenses at party

Manassas residents accused of sex offenses must understand the ramifications of the allegations. Not only will they face an extensive jail sentence, fines and more, but they will also need to register as a sex offender after the sentence has been served. It can negatively impact every aspect of their lives from getting a job, to getting into a school and more.

A 31-year-old man was arrested on a slew of charges related to the sexual assault of a woman at a party. The man is accused of several sex offenses, including aggravated sexual battery and sexual penetration with an object. In addition, he faces charges of public intoxication, possessing a firearm while under the influence and other criminal offenses.

Manassas man faces criminal charges for stealing deliveries

In Virginia, the penalties for a theft conviction can vary and largely depend on what was stolen, the circumstances, and the value of the items. When people are arrested, they might make various mistakes, such as speaking to law enforcement about the allegations, admitting to certain violations and more. In any situation where there is an arrest, those facing charges must remember that they have rights and must think about formulating a criminal defense to seek a positive outcome.

A series of package thefts outside homes in Manassas and surrounding areas led to the arrest of one man. Police were called after a package was stolen from a person's home. They were able to locate the suspect and he stated that he took the goods. As they investigated, officers found other products that were believed to have been stolen from the homes of others, including footwear, electronics and books. The man was arrested and faces charges of petit larceny, possessing a stolen credit card, possessing a Schedule II drug, and identity theft.

What if I drive during a license suspension?

Virginians who face a license suspension after being convicted of a breath test refusal or driving under the influence should be aware that they are not allowed to drive. This might sound like a simple fact, but some might believe that there is a limited likelihood of getting caught by law enforcement or that the penalties are not very severe. However, driving with a suspended license can cause significant problems in a person's life. If there is a charge for this violation, having legal advice is imperative to defend against the allegations.

When the license was revoked for a breath test refusal or a drunk driving conviction or if there were specific limits placed on the license as to when the person is legally allowed to drive, a violation will result in a Class 1 misdemeanor charge. A conviction for a Class 1 misdemeanor can result in jail time of up to 12 months, a fine of up to $2,500, or both. A person convicted of three violations within 10 years will face a Class 6 felony. This can lead to jail time of at least one year and up to five years. The court has discretion on this matter and can limit the jail time to up to 12 months. There can be a fine of $2,500 or the combination of the fine and up to 12 months in jail.

Woman faces drunk driving charges after crashing into store

When Virginians are arrested for drunk driving, it frequently results in multiple charges. Ordinary, law-abiding citizens can find themselves in jail after being charged with drunk driving. To avoid the worst possible fate after a drunk driving arrest, it is important to have legal assistance.

A series of crashes resulted in a woman's arrest on a slew of charges. Law enforcement was called after a woman crashed into a parked vehicle and a light pole. The license plate from the woman's vehicle became stuck in the pole. The woman subsequently ran onto the curb and crashed head-on with other parked vehicles.

How to defend against a shoplifting charge

Facing a criminal charge for shoplifting can be intimidating. You may want to simply plead guilty and get the case over with as quickly as possible. However, challenging the charge may ultimately pay off. If convicted, here are some of the penalties for shoplifting in Virginia:

  • Property under $200: Jail time for up to 1 year.
  • Property $200 or over: Imprisonment from 1 to 20 years.
  • Civil penalties: Between $50 and $350 in damages to the store owner.

Thankfully, a good defense may see the charges dropped, reduced or expunged. Here are some examples of how you may fight allegations of shoplifting. 

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