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Prescription fraud charges in Virginia

Over the past few years, the abuse of prescription drugs has become a serious problem in the United States. As a result, law enforcement officials have been cracking down on those who unlawfully provide, use or obtain prescription medications in Virginia. Prescription fraud can be a felony and can result in severe consequences.

According to Virginia law, there are many ways a person can commit prescription fraud. In many cases, a person will use a fake prescription, create a fake prescription or alter a doctor's prescription to obtain drugs unlawfully. Prescription fraud charges also stem from obtaining or attempting to obtain a prescription drug by concealing a material fact or using a fake name or address. This is fairly common as people will lie to medical professionals about their health condition to get prescription drugs they don't really need.

Virginia woman arrested for DUI following collision

According to Virginia's Move Over Law, drivers are required to vacate the lane closest to emergency vehicles, road maintenance and utility vehicles, and tow trucks that are stopped on the road, if it is safe to do so, or slow down to a safe speed. A 21-year-old Virginia driver violated this law when she struck two police cars that were stopped to conduct a traffic stop on the highway. The driver was charged with a DUI following the accident.

A police officer, being assisted by two additional units, reportedly were conducting a traffic stop and were getting ready to leave the scene when the woman's SUV crashed into two vehicles. All three vehicles were towed from the scene, but neither the officers nor the woman were injured.

Common forms of Medicare fraud

Nowadays, many older Americans count on Medicare to provide them with health care benefits courtesy of the government. However, there are many forms of Medicare fraud that could result in criminal charges. Medicare fraud is a serious crime and the FBI will conduct thorough investigation to ensure that anyone committing this type of fraud faces the appropriate consequences. Generally, if you are convicted of Medicare or Medicaid fraud, you may face time in prison, significant fines, and various other penalties.

One of the most common forms of Medicare Fraud is attempting to claim reimbursement for health care costs through Medicare, even though you are not entitled to it. Those who commit this type of fraud will often gain access to personal information and use that information to effectively steal someone else's benefits. To get this information, they may call a Medicaid recipient and claiming to be with the government, and asking for the information directly.

The consequences of driving drunk in Virginia

Virginia drivers facing drunk driving charges should be aware of the consequences they may face if they are convicted. The consequences you face upon conviction will depend on various factors including your criminal history and the circumstances surrounding your arrest. Generally, if you have a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or higher, you will be considered legally intoxicated and be arrested for drunk driving.

If you are convicted for the first time in Virginia, your DUI charge will likely be classified as a Class 1 Misdemeanor. As a result, your license may be suspended for up to one year and you may face a fine of anywhere from $250 to $2,500. However, if you had a blood alcohol concentration of .15 percent or higher, you may also face a minimum of five days in jail, a $250 to $400 fine, up to 30 days in jail, and a one-year license suspension.

Facing sexual assault and battery charges in Virginia

If you have been accused of sexual violence towards someone else, you may be facing sexual assault and battery charges in the state of Virginia. There are various crimes relating to sexual assault and the prosecutor on your case will decide what to charge you with depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident. No matter what charges you face, it is important to have an effective defense strategy to defend yourself and minimize the penalties you face.

In Virginia, rape involves having sexual intercourse with someone against their will or through the use of force, threat, or intimidation. A rape conviction could result in five years to life in prison.

Driver faces drug charges following traffic stop for speeding

Many drivers are arrested and charged with drug-related crimes following a routine traffic stop. Virginia motorists who are facing drug charges after a search of their vehicle should be aware that their arrest might not have been lawful. If an officer arrests you unlawfully, it is likely that the charges against you will be dropped. In order for an arrest to be lawful, the officer must have had reasonable suspicion to pull you over and probable cause to search your vehicle.

A driver in Virginia was pulled over for speeding on the highway recently. During the course of the stop, the officer reportedly smelled marijuana inside the vehicle. He then conducted a search of the vehicle and found various drugs, including a small quantity of marijuana, ecstasy, psychedelic mushrooms, Xanax and LSD. The officers arrested both the driver and the passenger and charged them with various drug-related crimes including possession with intent to distribute Schedule I or II narcotics. The two men were taken to a local jail where they were held without bail.

New criminal laws in Virginia have gone into effect

Across America, laws are constantly created and changed on both the state and federal level. As of July 1, over 800 new laws went into effect in the state of Virginia, some of which impact the state's criminal justice system and juvenile justice system.

Juveniles may be criminally charged for trespassing

Young people often get into trouble when they end up in places they are not supposed to be. In fact, the act of unlawfully entering a property itself could result in a charge of criminal trespass. According to Virginia trespassing laws, you are not permitted to enter another person's land or building without their permission.

If your child has been charged with criminal trespassing in Virginia, it will be the prosecution's job to establish the elements of this crime. First, they must establish that your child actually entered onto someone else's land or property. In many cases, prosecutors may contact witnesses that saw your child on the property or view security camera footage to identify your child. The prosecutor may have difficulty proving that it was your child on the property and not someone else's child. Your defense attorney will work to prove that your child could not have been on the property at the time by contacting alibi witnesses that were with your child at another locations.

Truck driver charged with DUI following accident

Earlier this year, the driver of a trash truck collided with a train that was carrying a number of congressmen to their annual retreat. According to a report by the National Transportation Safety Board, the accident occurred when the truck driver attempted to drive his truck across the railroad tracks when the warning gates were down. An employee of the truck company was killed and another passenger was injured in the collision.

Doctor facing drug charges for intent to distribute

Licensed medical doctors are legally permitted to prescribe certain medications to patients, providing that the prescriptions are warranted and based on a legitimate medical reason. A Virginia doctor recently had his medical license suspended by the state board of medicine after facing more than 700 drug charges.

According to reports, the doctor is accused of unlawfully distributing and dispensing prescription medications, such as oxycontin, oxycodone, morphine sulfate and fentanyl patches to approximately 31 patients over the course of two years. He allegedly issued prescriptions for these medications without a legitimate medical reason.

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