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What acts are considered shoplifting?

Some may view taking something that does not belong to you as a simple and harmless act. However, this can be a serious and impactful act. In some cases, individuals or stores can suffer greatly because another person has stolen from them. Nonetheless, being accused of stealing is a difficult predicament to be in, as it can shape how others view the accused, even impacting their reputation. Therefore, it is important to understand what this crime entails and how one could defend him or herself against such accusations.

Man facing petit larceny charges for stealing from ABC stores

As previously discussed, being accused of stealing is a serious accusation. Those facing such allegations might also endure criminal consequences, as these charges could result in a felony. Therefore, it is important to understand the situation, what evidence is used against a defendant, what penalties could result and what defense strategies are available to them.

Understanding grand larceny charges

Being accused of theft is a serious accusation. Whether it is something small or something large, stealing something can result in serious criminal consequences. Facing theft allegations could tarnish a person's reputation as his or her criminal history could seep into their personal or professional life. Thus, it is important for individuals to not only understand the crime they are charged with but also the potential penalties he or she could face. This could help them take the steps needed to initiate and progress an aggressive criminal defense.

The criminal procedures of a criminal case

When individuals in Virginia and elsewhere are charged with a crime for the first time, they are likely unsure what to expect. Sure, he or she has probably seen this situation play out in a movie or television show. But, reality is much different than what is portrayed on the screen. Thus, it is important that all criminal defendants take the time to understand the process they are about to go through and how a defense strategy could help them obtain a favorable result.

Bus driver faces is arrested on two charges following bus crash

When driving a motor vehicle, motorists in Virginia and elsewhere are required to follow the rules of the road while operating a vehicle. For commercial drivers operating a truck or a bus, these drivers are set to a higher standard, especially if they are transporting passengers in the massive vehicle. Failing to meet these standards does not only cause civil liabilities but could impose criminal penalties on the driver.

Virginia Senate passes bill addressing sexting penalties

Being accused of a crime is difficult, but facing criminal allegations when you are a juvenile could be life-altering. While juveniles typically face penalties that are not as harsh when compared to adult offenders, the consequences could hinder a juvenile's ability to get an education or obtain a job in the career field that they want. Because of this, the penalties for some crimes can alter over time.

Helping you initiate a criminal defense strategy

It can be overwhelming to be charged with a crime. Further, it can shocking to be arrested for a criminal allegation. Virginia residents might not know what to do in these situations, as they are sometimes numb from the emotions. Additionally, the accused may not be very optimistic in these matters since the evidence against them may be piling up. While it might seem like the state has a strong case against you, the evidence needs to be examined. Furthermore, there might be defense strategies available to poke holes in the prosecution's case.

Criminal defense lawyers are advocates for their clients' rights

The legal system is adversarial. Whether Virginia residents finds themselves in civil or criminal court, they will likely feel overwhelmed by the procedural and technical requirements that their cases will be subjected to as they move through the court system. They will have to come up with effective and truthful ways to present their case and they will have to potentially face punishment if they fail in their efforts. However, a failure in the civil courts may result in the imposition that the individual pays damages, while a failure in the criminal courts could deprive a person of their personal freedom.

A review of gun crime regulations in Virginia

Gun ownership is not unusual in Virginia, nor is it in the other 49 states of the nation. In fact, many Americans own guns to use for recreation, hunting and self-protection. In order for a person to legally own a gun there are a number of requirements that must be met. The failure to follow proper channels can result in a person facing serious gun crime charges.

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