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Monthly Archives: February 2021

Gambling

Overview of Virginia Laws Against Illegal Gambling

By Simms Showers LLP |

The Virginia Criminal Code makes it a criminal offense to engage in illegal gambling. Any person who engages in illegal gambling — or runs an illegal gambling operation — can face a lengthy prison sentence and criminal fines for their actions. Definition of Illegal Gambling As provided in Code of Virginia Section 18.2-325, there… Read More »

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Virginia Police Arrest Canadian Truck Driver for Reckless Driving

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The Virginia State Police arrested a Canadian truck driver for reckless driving and felony hit-and-run, according to an article by CBS 19 News. Official reports state that the truck driver was operating a tractor-trailer on Interstate 64. At the same time, a Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) worker was stopped on the shoulder to… Read More »

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Overview of Three Firearm Weapon Crimes in Virginia

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The Commonwealth of Virginia features laws against weapon crimes, including various restrictions on the ability to possess or use firearms. For example, it is a crime to display or brandish a firearm in certain circumstances. It is also illegal to discharge a firearm in public or at occupied buildings or residences. Pointing, Holding or… Read More »

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Can I Face Reckless Driving Charges for Passing Vehicles in Virginia?

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Under Virginia law, reckless driving is a criminal offense that involves dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. When a driver creates a risk of property damage or physical injury, it likely qualifies as reckless driving in Virginia. From a punishment standpoint, reckless driving is typically charged as a Class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia. A… Read More »

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Examining the Virginia Schedules for Illegal Drugs & Other Substances

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The Commonwealth of Virginia employs strict laws against, and stringent penalties for, various drug crimes. Any person who possesses or distributes illegal drugs — referred to legally as controlled substances — can face jail or prison time and steep fines. In many cases, the corresponding punishment for a drug crime can change based on… Read More »

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Virginia Driver Faces DUI & Other Charges After High-Speed Chase

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A Virginia woman faces criminal charges for DUI and multiple other offenses after leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase, according to an article by ABC-affiliate WRIC. Allegedly, law enforcement officers attempted to pull over this driver at approximately 7 p.m. on January 5. But the driver sped off and led them on a… Read More »

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Virginia Police Seize Massive Amount of Meth & Arrest Three

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Virginia law enforcement seized more than 40 pounds of meth and arrested three people for various drug crimes, according to an article by The News Virginian. The Waynesboro Police Department collaborated with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to execute the seizure and arrests. The law enforcement officers involved apparently used cutting-edge techniques to… Read More »

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What Happens if I Refuse a DUI Test in Virginia?

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Under Virginia law, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or other substances and, thus, incapable of driving safely. Referred to legally as driving under the influence (DUI), any person who commits this offense in Virginia will face criminal charges and severe penalties. Upon the first or second offense,… Read More »

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