A person accused of committing a crime in Virginia will frequently have the opportunity to get out of jail before trial due to release on bail. When a person is arrested and charged, a police officer can either release the defendant with a ticket or take the person into custody. Bail is a specific amount of money set by a court that is meant to guarantee the presence of the defendant at a later court appearance on the charges in question.
Authorities have leveled charges related to alleged narcotic trafficking offenses against 12 individuals in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Among the accused was the 55-year-old father of ex-NFL quarterback Michael Vick. News sources said that he and others were indicted for allegedly making plans to distribute at least one kilogram of heroin.
Virginia pro football fans likely remember Lawrence Taylor. In 2016, the former New York Giant linebacker was charged with DUI after hitting a motor home and sideswiping a police car near Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Taylor admitted to authorities that he had probably had too much to drink before getting into his vehicle. Taylor entered a guilty plea in the case, and he will not have to serve jail time as part of his sentence.
On June 9, it was reported that a Virginia woman who was convicted of causing a fatal car accident while drunk behind the wheel was sentenced to 73 years in prison. However, 40 of those years were suspended, meaning she will ultimately spend more than 30 years behind bars.
Virginia hip-hop fans may have heard about Chief Keef's legal troubles. On June 12 at about 8:30 a.m., airport security in Sioux Falls found four blunts and two marijuana edibles in his luggage. At about 9:12 that morning, the rapper was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. It was believed that he had between two ounces and a half-pound of the drug.
Virginia residents who have followed the career of Rich Homie Quan may have heard about his recent legal troubles. The rapper was taken into custody while on his way to a performance in his home state of Georgia. Police first made contact with Quan and five other men at a checkpoint.
Virginia residents may have heard that golfer Tiger Woods had been taken into custody for impaired driving on May 29. He was arrested at about 3 a.m. before being taken to Palm Beach County Jail. He was released on his own recognizance at about 10:50 a.m. that morning. Woods claimed that the DUI was caused by a unexpected reaction to medication he was taking after a recent back surgery.