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Why do teenagers break the law?

You get a call from the police late one night. They just arrested your teenager. They claim he or she broke the law. Your teen is in custody and facing some serious charges.

Why some teenagers commit theft

It can be difficult to understand what goes on in the mind of a Virginia teenager. Therefore, it's hard to understand why a young person would want to commit a crime such as shoplifting. However, there are a few possible explanations for why this happens. For instance, the culprit may feel like they need the clothes or other items. It is also possible that a teen is trying to fit in with their peers.

More people arrested for marijuana than any other drug

Even as cannabis decriminalization or legalization is proposed in Virginia and in other states across the country, a full 40% of drug arrests nationwide in 2018 concerned marijuana. Police across the country arrest more people for cannabis than for any other single drug, and marijuana remains illegal at the federal level even as some states offer fully legal markets for recreational cannabis. In 2018, 663,000 people were arrested for some form of marijuana-related offenses, a substantial portion of the total 1,650,000 drug arrests nationwide.

Man wanted in connection with shooting turns himself in

Police in Virginia have reported that a 27-year-old man who was being sought in connection with a fatal Jan. 10 shooting in Chesapeake turned himself in on Jan. 14. Media reports indicate that the man is the 26-year-old victim's cousin. The Portsmouth resident faces several charges including shooting into an occupied residence, malicious wounding, using a firearm in the commission of a felony, and homicide in the second degree. He faces decades behind bars if he is convicted on all counts. The man is being held at the Chesapeake City Jail.

An overview of a person's Miranda rights

Those who are charged with a crime in Virginia and throughout the country must be read their rights before being taken into custody. Individuals have the right to remain silent, the right to an attorney and the right to know that anything that they say or do can be used against them in court. These are generally referred to as Miranda rights, and they were the result of a Supreme Court ruling in the case of Miranda v. Arizona.

Your defense options after a shoplifting accusation

Shoplifting may seem like a petty crime, but it can lead to serious consequences and affect the way that you can live your life. If you have been accused of shoplifting in Virginia, you should, therefore, take these accusations seriously. By conducting thorough research to understand the law in regard to theft, you will be in a better position to effectively defend yourself from the accusations.

Two men charged for cross-country drug scheme

Two men were accused of distributing fentanyl in Virginia and other parts of the country. According to federal prosecutors, the two accused men were in possession of hundreds of grams of fentanyl. Authorities also discovered a semi-automatic weapon, a shotgun and a digital scale in a storage unit as well as another firearm in one man's home.

2 men face fentanyl distribution charges

Two men have been arrested in Virginia, accused of distributing and possessing fentanyl. The men, held in the Western Tidewater Regional Jail, are accused of distributing hundreds of grams of the powerful opiate. According to police, one of the men provided the other man with fentanyl in April 2019, while participating in an attempt to ship a kilogram of the substance commercially via UPS from California to Florida. They then say the other man sold relatively large quantities of fentanyl on several occasions in July.

Snapchat video alerts police to drug dealers serving teens

Many Virginia parents understand the importance of monitoring their teens' social media use. One case illustrates how a vigilant one alerted law enforcement to a suspect selling marijuana, LSD, THC, mushrooms and other controlled substances to teens. The parent saw a Snapchat video about an individual advertising the drugs, and the subsequent investigation involved multiple agencies and has so far led to the arrest of two suspects.

Driver extradited to U.S. over fatal car crash

A Salvadoran woman has been extradited to Virginia to face charges in the death of another woman killed in a car accident in Henrico County in 2018. The 59-year-old woman was doing yard work on North Parham Road in August 2018 when she was struck by a car driven by the woman. While the accident victim was taken to the hospital, she passed away due to injuries in the crash two weeks later. The driver left the country after the accident, but her case was referred to Interpol. She was found in Spain in October, and the U.S. sought her extradition for involuntary manslaughter and failure to appear.

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