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Virginia student faces felony charges for alleged poisoning

When a child or teen commits a crime, many people assume that they will not face serious consequences due to their young age. However, in our state, juvenile crime is taken very seriously by both school and state officials. A young person could face a juvenile criminal offense with severe consequences that affect them well into adulthood.

For example, a middle school student was recently charged with a Class 3 felony after an incident involving a teacher at the school. The female student was accused of pouring an unknown substance into her teacher's coffee cup. The teacher noticed something in her cup and reported the student to administration officials. Police were called to the scene as a result. The substance was sent to a lab, and the girl was charged with attempted poisoning.

Identity theft is a crime in Virginia

When someone steals another person's identity for the purpose of committing fraud, they may be charged and convicted of identity theft. Under Virginia Code, Section 18.2-186.3, identity theft is a crime and could result in misdemeanor or felony charges, depending on the severity of the crime.

Generally, an identity theft crime will be classified as a misdemeanor or felony based on how much money the accused has stolen from the alleged victim. Here, first offenses and crimes involving a theft of less than $200 can result in Class 1 misdemeanor charges. Multiple offenses or crimes involving a theft of over $200 may be classified as felonies.

Janitor charged with attempting to solicit child pornography

Downloading, possessing, or transmitting sexually explicit images or videos involving minors may result in child pornography charges in the state of Virginia. Nowadays, most pornography charges involve the internet in some capacity, but some stem from sharing printed photos via mail.

A 47-year-old school janitor in Virginia was recently arrested and is now facing Class 5 felony criminal charges for attempting to solicit child pornography, after police learned that a social media account was being used to solicit images of underage children. The man reportedly was charged with two counts for violating 18.2.374.3, using communication systems (e.g. computers) to facilitate certain offenses involving children. Police reportedly executed a search warrant and seized several electronic devices and continue to investigate the charges. The janitor is being held without bond in jail and has been suspended by the school without pay.

Virginia Beach woman charged with DUI

A 35-year-old Virginia Beach woman was recently arrested for driving under the influence and damaging state property after officers allegedly observed her driving recklessly on I-264. State police reported that the woman was driving the wrong-way on the interstate, and almost collided with an officer as the unit attempted to stop her vehicle. Police reportedly slowed interstate traffic, placed spike strips to slow her vehicle down and as her vehicle slowed, officers boxed her in. The woman's vehicle then reportedly collided with a trooper's vehicle, causing the vehicle to sustain damages. Fortunately, there were no injuries.

When an officer observes someone driving recklessly or violating traffic laws, it is their job to pull the driver over. In many cases, the situation turns out to be a routine traffic stop, where the officer issues a traffic citation or lets the driver off with a warning.

Statutory rape in Virginia

Whenever an adult over the age of 18 is sexually involved with someone under the age of consent, they could face charges of statutory rape. Rape and date rape generally refer to forcing someone to engage in sexual activity without their consent. In statutory rape cases, force is generally not a requirement.

In Virginia, there are two main statutes relating to statutory rape. According to Virginia Code, 18.2-63, if a person engages in sexual activity with a minor, ages 13 or 14, they could be guilty of a Class 4 felony. According to Virginia Code, 18.2-371, an adult over 18 engaging in sexual activity with a 15- to 17-year-old could face a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable with up to a year in jail and $2,500 fine.

Teens can face criminal charges for making threats of violence

Nowadays, many young people feel like they can hide behind their computer screens or phones and say anything they want to without consequences. In Virginia, making threats can result in criminal charges, even if the person making the threats did not act on them.

Under Virginia law, issuing a threat of harm in writing or via electronic message is classified as a Class 6 felony and could result in one to five years in prison. Terroristic threats are also a Class 6 felony but can result in a lengthier jail sentence. The prosecutor will have to establish that it was a threat to kill and/or do bodily injury to a person or his or her family member. The prosecutor will also have to show that the threat placed the intended victim in reasonable apprehension of harm to themselves or their family member.

Charges may be filed after high school football brawl

Friday night high school football is a popular pastime for many families across Virginia. However, players can sometimes let their emotions get the best of them and end up in a physical altercation. According to police, at least 20 high school football players ended up in a violent brawl after a football game between two Virginia high schools. After multiple people, including coaches and other players, attempted to break up the fight, police were called to handle the situation. Authorities say that one player was taken to the hospital when a group of people fell on top of him.

According to one witness, two of the players on one team staged a dirty play to take down a player on the other team, who suffered a concussion and was taken to the hospital.

When can a police officer search my vehicle?

Many drug arrests stem from a police officer searching a vehicle during a routine traffic stop. However, many of these searches are done in violation of the driver's rights under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S constitution. Evidence found during an illegal search may not be used against the alleged perpetrator in court, so it is important to understand when it is legal for an officer to search your vehicle.

Generally, an officer may search your vehicle without a warrant under multiple conditions. The first is that you consented to the search. There is nothing stopping an officer from asking you if they can search your vehicle, even if they have no authority to do so. You have the right to say no to the search, but if you say yes, any evidence the officer finds can be used against you in court.

Virginia businessman faces fraud charges

Some of our readers may have seen that, according to a recent report, a 53-year-old business man in Fairfax is facing fraud charges for his alleged involvement in a fraud scheme. Prosecutors alleged that the man made false claims to investors, saying that he was in charge of his financial company assets, worth $1.4 billion.

The man allegedly made these claims to convince investors to invest $10 million to purchase an office building, and falsely said that he would invest $6 million himself. The man reportedly used the money that was invested on vacations and tickets to sporting events.

Tinder user faces charges for solicitation of prostitute

In Virginia, exchanging sexual favors for financial or other compensation constitutes the crime of prostitution. However, even attempting to exchange money for sexual activity, whether you are the one soliciting services or providing them, is a crime and is referred to as solicitation.

A Virginia man is facing criminal charges after he reportedly used Tinder to offer two women money in exchange for sex. The women apparently agreed to be paid for the sex acts, but never received any money. The man was charged with two misdemeanor counts of solicitations of a prostitute.


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