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White power posters lead to misdemeanor charge for Virginia man

A 21-year-old man has been charged with misdemeanor destruction of property after posting white supremacist literature throughout Vienna. According to media reports, his choice to place a poster on one of the town's utility boxes near Nutley Street and Maple Avenue caused him to run afoul of city rules. A lieutenant from the Vienna Police Department said that no one is allowed to attach notices to public property.

Although police received a tip about two men putting posters on light posts at a shopping center on Maple Avenue West, authorities only apprehended one man. Police released him after he signed his court summons.

According to police, the posters represented the views of an organization called Patriot Front. The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated the organization as a hate group advocating for white nationalism. The twitter account for Patriot Front distributes messages about reclaiming America and fighting communism. Posters from the group have been appearing throughout the country.

The penalties for misdemeanors vary in severity, and a person facing a misdemeanor charge might want a legal opinion about how to respond in court. A conviction could impose hefty fines or a short jail term. A criminal record could also interfere with a person's ability to get a job or pursue education. Legal representation might help a person weigh the choice between fighting a charge, pleading guilty or seeking a plea deal. The advocacy of an attorney may strengthen a person's position when trying to negotiate a lenient plea deal or argue for a case dismissal.

Source: WUSA 9, "Herndon man charged in connection with posting white supremacist posters in Vienna", Peggy Fox, March 25, 2019

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