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Woman who hit unmarked police car is charged with drunk driving

Virginia drivers who are arrested for driving while intoxicated need to understand the various consequences they will face in the event of a conviction. Charges related to drunk driving can be limited to one or two issues or it can extend to multiple offenses, depending on the circumstances. Regardless of the individual situation, one of the most important factors for the case is to have legal assistance to craft a defense from the start. This is particularly true when there is an accident involved.

Understanding laws against Medicare fraud and abuse

Virginia residents will understand the seriousness of crimes related to fraud or abuse against the government program of Medicare. However, there are different laws that dictate what constitutes this type of fraud. It is important to understand the federal laws for fraud and abuse of Medicare. The following are laws that can be violated in this way: Federal False Claims Act or FCA, Anti-Kickback Statute or AKS and Physician Self-Referral Law or Stark Law.

Two teens face accusations of murder and other gun-related acts

There is a difference between the juvenile law system and the adult law system in Virginia and other states in the country. While many juvenile crimes might seem to be mischievous and not do any significant harm to anyone, there are times when a juvenile might face accusations of having committed certain acts that carry with them harsh punishments regardless of their age-based status. Anyone who is charged with a juvenile criminal offense must make certain that they understand the law and make plans to craft a strong defense from the time of the investigation onward.

Fairfax County steps up driving while intoxicated investigations

Being arrested and facing conviction on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Fairfax and throughout Virginia can lead to harsh penalties. Simply being stopped on suspicion of drunk driving does not automatically mean that the person is instantly guilty. Law enforcement is capable of making mistakes in various aspects of investigating and pursuing a DUI charge. Therefore, this must be fully understood by those stopped and arrested for a DUI.

U.S. Supreme Court ruling might affect drunk driving charges

Drivers in Virginia who are stopped on suspicion of driving under the influence and are subsequently confronted with drunk driving charges are generally charged based on a breath test or a blood test used to determine whether or not they have more than the legal limit of alcohol in their system. A driver might commit breath test refusal and be charged for that independent of whether or not they are over the legal limit. Another charge can come from blood test refusal. However, a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court might affect how evidence is accrued in an arrest after blood tests. In addition, the laws of the state that make it an offense to refuse to take a blood test a second time might need to be changed.

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