The U.S. Department of Justice has announced its intention to make the asset forfeiture process easier for law enforcement. Law enforcement agencies in Virginia and across the country may, in some circumstances, seize assets from suspects in criminal investigations. There are a number of valid reasons for such actions, including their use as a tactic against strong criminal organizations, but critics say asset forfeiture is often abused by police.
Music fans in Virginia and across the country who have been following former teen idol Aaron Carter's career may be interested in a case that is unfolding in the south. According to news sources, the 29-year-old celebrity is facing a number of drug-related charges following an incident in Habersham County on July 15.
More people in Virginia and across the United States are being charged with driving under the influence (DUI) due to marijuana rather than alcohol. Between 2007 and 2014, the number of drivers accused of operating vehicles under the influence of pot increased by 50 percent.
Virginia residents likely know that the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects against unreasonable searches and seizures, but they may not know that evidence obtained without a search warrant or probable cause was still admissible in state courts during criminal trials until the Supreme Court effectively created the exclusionary rule in 1961. However, deciding whether or not evidence was gathered within the boundaries established by the Fourth Amendment is often difficult for judges.
While driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal in Virginia, there is no comprehensive system that allows officers to test motorists reliably when out on the road. However, scientists are making progress when it comes to developing a portable marijuana "Breathalyzer".
Virginia basketball fans may be interested to learn that Derek Fisher has been charged with two counts of drunk driving on July 2. The former New York Knicks coach was involved in a one-vehicle crash in early June, though neither Fisher or his passenger suffered any injuries.