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Knowing the laws of underage drinking and fake IDs in VA

Teens in Fairfax County might be tempted to use alcohol for a variety of reasons. In some instances, it's a simple matter of being a teenager and pushing the envelope of what's legal and appropriate. In others, it's due to the pressure of other teens who are doing the same thing. For whatever reason, many juvenile crimes stem from alcohol use and the punishments for these acts can be severe. Underage drinking is illegal in the state. That's generally understood by all.

Man faces numerous penalties linked to DWI and eluding an officer

When a person is charged with driving while intoxicated in Fairfax County, there is the possibility that other acts that were committed at the time will lead to increased charges. Some of these can result in harsh penalties if there is a conviction. While a DWI is a serious act, those who are charged need to understand what they're up against and prepare to lodge a strong defense to avoid long-term incarceration and other punishments that can negatively affect a person's life.

How does the juvenile law system work in Virginia?

It's natural for juveniles in Virginia to make mistakes, and sometimes these mistakes involve breaking state laws. While a person who is under the age of 18 might be granted more leeway than an adult, that doesn't mean there aren't penalties assessed in the juvenile law system. Being a teenager is not an excuse to commit acts that are against the law. Knowing the way the juvenile justice system functions is the first step when a juvenile ends up charged with a crime.

What are the penalties for drug offenses with marijuana?

Even though the possession and use of marijuana is beginning to be seen in a new light across the country, there are many states that have yet to legalize it in any way. One of those states is Virginia. The laws for drug offenses with marijuana are in flux, but there will still be potentially serious consequences for an arrest and conviction. These apply whether it is given as a gift, is sold, distributed or possessed with the intention of sale.

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