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Virginia middle school students may be charged for sexting

Sending or receiving explicit photos of a child in Virginia is criminal offense and could result child pornography felony charges, even if the parties involved are all minors. Virginia state legislators have made an effort to reduce the potential consequences for minors caught sexting, by making minor sexting a misdemeanor, but none of these bills have been made into law yet. Therefore, any child who sends or receives inappropriate photos may be charged with a juvenile criminal offense.

Are juvenile criminal convictions made public in Virginia?

No matter how old you are, a criminal conviction will usually result in negative consequences. Consequences will differ based on the age of the defendant, the type of crime committed, the circumstances surrounding the incident and the defendant's criminal history. Many people believe that a conviction stemming from a juvenile criminal offense will be sealed and therefore cannot affect the juvenile in adulthood. However, this is not the case for many young people, particularly those convicted of felonies.

Credit card fraud and theft in Virginia

Online shopping has become the preferred way for many Americans to buy products, which means an increase in credit card usage. As a result, more and more people are facing criminal charges for credit card fraud and theft. Under Virginia law, anyone found guilty of credit card fraud or theft could face significant jail time, fines and other consequences.

As with most crimes, the prosecutor must prove that a person had the necessary intent in order to prove that the person is guilty. If a person has been charged with credit card theft, the prosecutor must prove that the person obtained someone else's credit card or credit card number without permission and that the person intended to use it or sell it. Credit card theft may be treated as grand larceny and could get a person up to 12 months in jail. However, if a person obtained a card or card number without knowing that it was stolen, or if a person did not have the intent to use the information he or she received, then that person may have a defense to the charges brought against him or her.

Reckless driving can result in criminal charges in Virginia

We often hear that drunk driving can lead to criminal charges. But even drivers not under the influence of alcohol or drugs can face criminal charges if they are caught driving recklessly. According to Virginia's reckless driving statute, a person driving in a manner that endangers others' lives or property can be charged with reckless driving, regardless of the legal speed limit.

Virginia man charged with solicitation of minor

The crime of solicitation generally requires a person to use the Internet, phone or any other form of electronic communication system to attempt to engage in some type of criminal conduct and have the intent that the person they are communicating with will engage in the criminal conduct with them. If an adult uses electronic communication to attempt to engage in sexual conduct with a minor, the adult could be charged with solicitation of a minor.

What does it mean to be charged with drug possession?

Many people in Virginia get charged with multiple counts of drug possession and distribution, depending on the quantity of the drugs and paraphernalia found, the type of drugs found and the circumstances surrounding the arrest. However, anytime a person is charged with drug possession, it is the prosecutor's job to prove all elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.

What happens during a DWI arraignment?

Facing drunk driving charges in Virginia can be scary, particularly if it is the first time you have been charged with a crime. If you are facing DWI charges, you will need to pay special attention to the arraignment process, as it will typically be your first time appearing in court for your case.

Once you have been arrested for a DWI, you may be taken into police custody where you were booked and processed. Unless you have a significant criminal history or your DWI offense was severe, you will likely be allowed to post bail. Once you post bail, you will be released from police custody under the condition that you will appear in court for the arraignment, and any other criminal proceedings that follow.

Defending yourself against sexual assault charges

Out of all possible criminal charges, charges involving acts of sexual violence are often some of the most serious, with potentially devastating consequences. Virginia residents facing sex crime charges may want to contact a criminal defense attorney to determine the best way to defend themselves against these accusations.

Many people accused of committing sexual assault or other crimes of sexual violence use one of two defenses. First, they may establish innocence by showing that there was technically no way they could have committed the crime. The best way to do this is by presenting an alibi, that is, someone who was with them at the time of the alleged crime. The alibi may take the stand and testify that he or she was with the accused, and therefore the accused was not with the alleged victim at the time of the supposed crime. If the accused was by themselves at the time of the crime, they may be able to present hotel receipts, store receipts and other documentation showing that they were not at the place where the crime occurred. Photo evidence of the accused at other locations may also be useful in proving their innocence. Remember, it is the prosecutor's job to show that the accused is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If the accused can give the jury enough reasonable doubt to question their involvement in the crime, they may be acquitted.

Virginia driver charged with DUI following interstate accident

While most people in Virginia will not drive after having consumed too much alcohol, that doesn't mean that police won't be on the lookout for those they believe are drunk driving. Facing drunk driving charges can be a serious situation, as one recent incident shows.

A 34-year-old Virginia man was recently arrested for driving under the influence on I-264 east after a head-on collision. The man was reportedly driving the wrong way on I-264 west in the eastbound lanes, when his truck struck an SUV that was preparing to get onto I-264 east from I-664. The two people in the SUV allegedly were injured and taken to the hospital. The man was charged with a DUI.

Is cyberbullying a crime in Virginia?

Young people nowadays use social media as a way to communicate with their peers and share information. However, some teens in Virginia take things too far by using websites and apps like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, to engage in cyberbullying. Cyberbullying may involve sending threats online or posting hostile or vulgar messages directed at another person with the intent to hurt them. Teens may even post others' private information or inappropriate, Photoshopped images of another person to embarrass them in front of their peers.

Many people know that cyberbullying is immoral and inappropriate, but they may be unaware that it can be classified as a juvenile criminal offense in the state of Virginia. According to state law, anyone who knowingly threatens to injure or kill another person can face a Class 6 felony charge, which may result in up to five years in jail. Using a computer to harass another person is also a crime and may qualify as a Class 1 misdemeanor. If convicted, a young person may face $2,500 in fines and 12 months in jail.

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