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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.

Teens can face criminal charges for destruction of property

Teens are known for getting into trouble, and many people dismiss their actions as "harmless fun" and "kids being kids." However, these actions can result in criminal charges and significant consequences.

For example, Virginia is known for its rich history, and there are a number of historical monuments and memorials all over the state to honor this history. But, young people may act irresponsibly and choose to vandalize, remove or damage this valuable property. Repairs are often costly, and due to the historical nature of some of this property, repairs may not always be an option.

Failure to pay your taxes can result in serious consequences

Benjamin Franklin once said that nothing in this world was certain, except death and taxes. While most of us have begrudgingly accepted that paying taxes is just a part of life, some people continue to try to avoid paying them at all costs. For that reason, Virginia lawmakers, as well as the Federal government, have cracked down on tax evasion and tax fraud, making them serious crimes with long-term consequences.

Many tax-related crimes fall into one of two categories. The first is filing a false or fraudulent tax return. Many people purposely underreport their income, claim excess deductions, conceal assets, or otherwise attempt to defraud the government to avoid paying the full amount they owe. The second category is intentionally trying to avoid paying taxes by failing to file a tax return altogether.

Should I accept a plea deal for my drug charges?

If one is facing Virginia drug charges, attorneys may recommend a plea agreement. In fact, a large number of drug convictions stem from a negotiated plea agreement. Before accepting a plea deal, it is important to understand it.

Generally, there are three areas of negotiation for a plea deal. The first area is the most common and relates to bargaining for lesser charges. This means one pleads guilty to a lesser criminal charge, but the prosecutor will agree to drop one or more of the more serious charges. For example, pleading guilty to the lesser charge of drug possession, but the more serious charge of trafficking may be dropped.

Bullying may result in criminal charges in Virginia

Bullying has long been considered an unfortunate part of childhood and has made life difficult for many young people. Some are not aware that bullying can be considered a crime here and can result in serious punishments.

In our state, bullying refers to intentional or repetitive actions that are physical, verbal, or emotional in nature. According to Va. Stat. 18.2-60, a school board is permitted to discipline a student that engages in bullying. In addition to school penalties, a young person may also face criminal charges and consequences depending on the severity of the bullying.

Virginia man faces drug charges following traffic stop

Crime TV shows often show someone getting arrested for drug possession or distribution after police officers break down the door of an abandoned building and chase down the alleged perpetrator in dramatic fashion. However, in real life, drug arrests often start with an uneventful, run-of-the-mill traffic stop.

According to a recent report, a Virginia man was recently driving out-of-state with a woman and child in the vehicle when he was stopped by police for suddenly changing lanes without signaling. The officer soon discovered that the driver's license was suspended and that a child in the vehicle was not in an appropriate car seat.

13-year-old faces criminal charges after argument escalates

According to Virginia state law, maliciously injuring another person is against the law and can result in serious consequences. According to a recent report, a 13-year-old boy is now facing a charge of malicious bodily injury by means of any caustic substance after an alleged altercation with another teen went too far. Juvenile criminal offense convictions can have a long-lasting impact on a teen's life.

According to investigators, the two Virginia teens, ages 13 and 14, were dropped off at a local city park to cook at a grill nearby. The teens reportedly started arguing over who would get to light the grill for the cookout, and the argument quickly turned physical. The 13-year-old proceeded to douse the 14-year-old with charcoal lighter fluid and set fire to the 14-year-old's clothes. A witness said she saw the 14-year-old running while covered in flames, and said that he eventually fell to the ground and rolled around to try to put out the fire. The 14-year-old apparently was later admitted to the hospital with second and third-degree burns to his chest and arm.

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.


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