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Monthly Archives: February 2022

Copyright

Fair Use Defense of Image and Excerpt Citation for Nonprofit Public Use

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Fair Use Defense of Image and Excerpt Citation for Nonprofit Public Use By H. Robert Showers, Esq. and William R. Thetford, Esq.  February 25, 2022  Many businesses, organizations, and nonprofits have questions about what images they can use on their website. Especially when you are a nonprofit, when is reproducing an image fair use… Read More »

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Virginia Driver Clocked At 140mph & Charged For Reckless Driving

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Local authorities charged a Virginia driver with reckless driving as a result of a 140-mile-per-hour speeding ticket, according to an article by ABC7. The Virginia State Police clocked the driver at 140 in a 70-mile-per-hour zone of Interstate 64. State troopers executed a traffic stop and ticketed the offending driver. At this point, the… Read More »

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How Does Virginia Define & Punish Illegal Gambling?

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Illegal gambling is a Virginia crime that can lead to misdemeanor or felony charges, depending on the nature of the offense. For both participants and operators, the criminal consequences of illegal gambling can be severe under Virginia law. What is the Virginia Definition of Illegal Gambling? The state definition of “illegal gambling” appears under… Read More »

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How Does Virginia Define & Punish DUI/DWI?

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In the Commonwealth of Virginia, there are strict laws against drunk driving. Legally referred to as driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI), this criminal offense is not limited to alcohol consumption. It is possible for DUI/DWI charges to stem from the consumption of drugs, whether legal or illegal. It is… Read More »

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Virginia Police Arrest Two In Roanoke For Various Drug Crimes

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Virginia law enforcement officers arrested two people for allegedly committing drug crimes and other offenses at a home in northwest Roanoke, according to an article by WSLS. Law enforcement responded to multiple complaints from residents about potential drug activity. Law enforcement then obtained a search warrant for a home in the 2100 block of… Read More »

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Religious Liberty 2020-2021 and Beyond: What is Next for Churches & Nonprofits?

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Religious Liberty 2020-2021 and Beyond: What is Next for Churches & Nonprofits? By Robert Showers, Esq. and William Thetford, Esq. February 11, 2022 Religious Liberty Shifts In 2020 and 2021, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Supreme Court made several rulings that signal where religious liberty may be going in this… Read More »

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Virginia Reckless Driving Charges Levied After Police Officer Injury

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A Virginia police officer is in the hospital as a result of an alleged reckless driving incident, according to an article by WCYB. Local law enforcement indicated that the officer attempted to pull over a vehicle. The driver refused to obey the officer’s commands and tried to escape on Interstate 81. After abandoning their… Read More »

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What Are The Virginia Fraud Crimes Involving Telephone Records?

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Within the arena of fraud crimes under the Virginia Criminal Code, there are particular offenses that relate to procuring, selling, or receiving telephone records. Often referred to as telephone record fraud crimes, these offenses usually involve the knowing procurement or sale of records without consent or authorization. How Does Virginia Define Telephone Record Fraud… Read More »

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Virginia Drunk Driver Severely Injures Family Of 3

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An alleged drunk driving incident in Virginia hospitalized two parents and a newborn baby, according to an article by ABC affiliate WSET. The Virginia State Police reported that this incident occurred on Saturday, November 6 on Route 122. That is when a truck driver traveling southbound allegedly caused a head-on collision with the family’s… Read More »

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Overview Of The Virginia Drug Crime Of Heroin Distribution

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The Commonwealth of Virginia recognizes the danger of illegal drugs and other controlled substances, so it features strict laws against numerous types of drug crimes. Within this arena, distribution crimes involving Schedule I controlled substances like heroin have particularly stringent penalties upon conviction. Furthermore, the same penalties can apply to possession, if the offender… Read More »

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