Accidents caused by intoxicated drivers kill 29 people every day in Virginia and around the country, and experts say that these crashes cost the United States economy about $44 billion each year. Efforts to curb drunk driving include powerful public information campaigns and stricter DUI penalties, but a growing number of road safety advocates are calling for the nationwide .08 percent blood alcohol concentration threshold for intoxication to be reduced to .05 percent. This would bring the United States into line with other developed countries and save about 1,800 lives each year according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
Many serious crimes in Virginia are classified as felonies. These can include a number of drug charges, such as those linked to sales or manufacturing, as well as manslaughter or murder, sex charges, serious theft allegations, white-collar crimes and weapons charges. A felony conviction not only comes with prison time, but it can also be a serious bar to further education, employment or even housing. In Virginia, there are six classes of felonies, and each has a specified penalty associated with the crime.
If you face Virginia drug charges, you could also face a substantial prison sentence and/or fine if the prosecutor convicts you of the crime with which you are charged. Whatever the drug crime that law enforcement officers allege you committed, however, in order to convict you of it, the prosecutor must first prove that the drugs in question actually belonged to you.
A Virginia woman pleaded guilty to racketeering in Waynesboro Circuit Court on Oct. 1 for distributing 12 pounds or more of methamphetamine. The 28-year-old woman could face a prison sentence of up to 40 years, with a minimum of 5 years behind bars after her plea. A presentence report was ordered for the following week while a sentencing hearing was set for Feb. 6, 2019. During the sentencing hearing, which will take several hours, witnesses for both the prosecution and defense will present testimony related to the woman's potential prison term.
People in Virginia who follow professional baseball know that players sometimes get into trouble with authorities. Jayson Werth, who retired from the sport in June, was arrested at a traffic stop in April. The police officer reported that he stopped Werth for an expired registration. While conversing with Werth, the office became suspicious about the driver's sobriety.