Kids and young people may think that graffiti (or "tagging") and otherwise damaging or defacing property is just harmless fun. However, it's illegal. Many state laws refer to it as "vandalism."
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.
Throughout Virginia courtrooms and across the United States, the number of misdemeanor arrests and charges appear to be swelling. While there is no definitive nationwide data available, an expert in the field estimates that misdemeanors now take up 80 percent of dockets in the United States.
A pair of pipeline opponents in Roanoke County have been convicted of violating a local owner's property where trees were being cleared. The misdemeanor conviction is being appealed by the pair. They claim that they did not intend to interfere with operations but wanted to monitor workers who were getting close to an alleged native American site of significance.
There are a number of tactics police in Virginia might use to gain an edge to support an arrest. Even if it the charge is one for drunk driving that might be a misdemeanor, the consequences of a conviction are such that it is worth being wary if you are stopped.
Certain words and phrases are thrown around within the legal world, including in the news and in popular culture, and you might have little time to ever really learn what those legal terms mean. Understanding what certain legalese means becomes crucial should you or someone you love face a criminal accusation in Virginia.