So many laws are on the books in Virginia that someone might break the law without realizing it. At the federal level, critics of the government and criminal justice system have identified laws that could call for felony charges despite their absurd triviality. One example cited by a representative from the Fairness Center is a federal criminal statute that requires people to wear waterproof shoes when moving a crate containing imported primates. Although critics recognize that some offenders commit serious crimes, the complexity and number of criminal laws make people vulnerable to conviction as a felon. Once someone has a felony record, the law strips away rights, like voting, child custody or owning a firearm.
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.
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.
When dealing with serious criminal charges, each individual facing allegations may benefit from assessing his or her case and thoroughly examining the legal options. Criminal defense strategies may vary for individuals accused of felonies, and information is available for those looking to gain more knowledge on their particular predicaments. Four individuals in Virginia may soon be taking such action.
One man in Virginia may soon be looking for the legal path that could best suit his situation after recently being taken into custody. Reports stated that the man is facing felonies after he was allegedly involved in a shooting that took place during a child custody exchange. The man had apparently met the child's mother and her husband at a gas station for the exchange to take place, but it was unclear which parent may have had custody of the child at the time.
Serious charges could stem from situations in which a person has been injured or killed. In many cases, an individual accused of playing a role in the outcomes could face felonies in relation to a fatal event. If this is the case, that party will surely want to consider the best possible ways to handle a criminal case and the allegations brought against him or her.
Today is April Fools' Day. A lot of people are likely pulling pranks on others for the fun of it. Hopefully the fallout from the practical jokes is nothing more than a smirk and a giggle. Sadly, that's not always the case.
In our last blog post, we dove into the issue of collateral damage related to convictions on charges of drunk driving in Northern Virginia. We suspect some readers may have found it rather sobering to learn just how serious the consequences can be.