The use of hacking by federal law enforcement agents to gather evidence has been increasing. However, attorneys who practice criminal defense law in Virginia and the rest of the country now have strategies for challenging the surveillance technique used to obtain the evidence and to make the evidence inadmissible in court.
Whether it is a simple misdemeanor or a complicated felony, there is more to fear from criminal charges than just jail time or a fine. The reality is that a blemish on your record can affect your life well into the future, even after you put the mistake behind you.
On April 14, it was reported that several Virginia men were taken into custody after it was alleged that they were involved in a drug ring. The arrests occurred after a month-long investigation that began with a single child abuse complaint. Although a total of nine individuals have been taken into custody, two were still on the run.
Singer and Virginia native Chris Brown could soon face federal drug charges, according to multiple media reports. The hip-hop artist is suspected of wiring $15,000 to a Miami music producer in exchange for illegal drugs.
Virginia residents might be at a greater risk of being involved in an accident with a driver who is under the influence of drugs than in the past. According to some reports from law enforcement and safety organizations, drugged driving is a growing threat. In 2011, a study found that college students were roughly equally likely to drive while under the influence of drugs as alcohol.
On March 29, police received a report about a suspicious white van in Virginia's Nelson County. They pulled the van over and found marijuana in the vehicle. The police also took the driver of the van, a man, and the passenger, a 39-year-old woman, into custody. They were charged with one felony count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
On March 31, a 34-year-old Portsmouth man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in a drug trafficking ring. Four other Virginia residents were previously sentenced in the case.