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Questioning the severity of punishments for certain sex crimes

The criminal justice system serves two primary functions. First, the system seeks to hold offenders accountable for breaking the law in an effort to serve justice and provide a deterrent for further wrongdoing. Second, the system seeks to protect the rights of those who have been accused and those who have been convicted of such wrongdoing. When the system becomes unbalances and grossly favors one of these aims over the other, injustices tend to abound.

College students: How to avoid getting arrested

Whether this is your first year of college or your fourth, you run a surprisingly high risk of being arrested sometime this year. For better and for worse, the college years tend to be a time when individuals tend to walk a tightrope between legal and illegal behavior simply by engaging in many of the activities that their peers do. It is therefore important to understand which behaviors can potentially get you arrested so that you can make informed decisions about your actions.

Man accused of Virginia Lottery fraud, larceny

A convenience store manager was recently arrested in Culpepper and accused of white collar crimes. The Virginia man has been accused of lottery fraud for allegedly activating the scratch-off tickets and keeping the prize money for himself. He faces six felony charges for his alleged crimes.

Does the offense you're accused of require offender registration?

If you have been charged with a sex-related criminal offense, you are likely concerned about the potential consequences you may have to face if you are convicted. It is worth noting that sex offenses are often highly specific and therefore result in a myriad of varying and nuanced consequences. In addition, different sex offenses may result in more or less severe consequences, depending on your jurisdiction, criminal history and numerous other factors.

8 accused of drug possession for heroin, pills in Virginia

The Northwest Regional Drug Taskforce recently executed a drug raid in which multiple people were arrested. Eight Virginia residents were arrested after a search warrant was executed on a residence in Warren County. The investigators found an undisclosed amount of heroin and pills, and the authorities arrested each individual on varying drug possession charges as well as other charges.

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