Like the rest of the United States, the justice system in Virginia has different categories for criminal offenses. Whether a crime is a misdemeanor or felony typically depends on the severity of the offense. There is also a stark difference in the type of incarceration sentence an individual may receive if convicted.
Country music fans in Virginia and around the country may have learned about Michael Ray when his ballad 'Kiss You in the Morning" reached the top of the Billboard Country Airplay chart in 2015. The 29-year-old singer is seen as a rising star, but his reputation suffered a blow during the early morning hours of Dec. 20 when he was taken into custody by police in his home state of Florida on drug possession and drunk driving charges.
According to reports, a 2-year investigation has led to over 55 arrests in Amherst County, Virginia. The local sheriff's office had launched an investigation involving multiple departments to identify participants in an alleged methamphetamine dealing conspiracy.
In Virginia and throughout the rest of the county, multiple accidents per day are caused by drinking alcohol and driving, and many of them are fatal. In order to reduce the incidents of impaired driving deaths and injuries, the White House proclaimed on Nov. 30 that the month of December would be National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. The proclamation aims to encourage drivers to make the right choice and only drive while sober.
With the holidays approaching in Virginia and elsewhere, law enforcement will be out in force to keep impaired drivers from operating a motor vehicle on public streets. The White House has also set the word out concerning the dangers of impaired driving by recently declaring December 2017 as National Impaired Driving Awareness Month.
Country music fans in Virginia might soon have access to the drunk driving traffic stop video of Randy Travis. The legal efforts of the Grammy Award-winning singer to prevent the public release of video of his arrest in 2012 appear to be failing. The supreme court in the state where the traffic stop occurred denied the family's petition, and a federal judge has turned away a preliminary injunction request. The attorney for the Country Music Hall of Fame artist plans to appeal the case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.
Virginia parents may be interested in learning that a 24-year-old teacher was charged with drug possession on Nov. 22 after she was recorded using cocaine in her classroom. She was teaching English at a Northwest Indiana high school.
According to law enforcement authorities with the Christiansburg Police Department, two Virginia residents were taken into custody after police reportedly found $208,000 worth of marijuana in their home. The incident occurred on Nov. 22 in the early morning.Law enforcement officers were reportedly called to the home to help a man who was unconscious and not breathing. Upon their arrival, emergency personnel administered Narcan to the man, and he was taken to the hospital after being revived. While the officers were inside of the home, they reportedly noticed a large amount of marijuana.