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Author Archives: Jay Butchko


Am I Required To Take A DUI Test During A Traffic Stop In Virginia?

By Simms Showers LLP |

Across the Commonwealth of Virginia, driving under the influence (DUI) is an unfortunately common occurrence. When a driver operates their vehicle while impaired by alcohol, drugs, or a combination of substances, they can face Class 1 misdemeanor or Class 6 felony charges for DUI. In either case, a conviction can lead to jail or… Read More »

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Virginia Man Charged With Drug Crimes & Embezzlement

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A Virginia man faces U.S. federal charges for embezzlement and drug crimes, according to an article by WFXR. Back in 2018, this Virginia man allegedly embezzled approximately $600,000 from his employer, a credit union located in Danville. This man had access to his employer’s vault. He allegedly took legitimate cash bills from the vault… Read More »

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Virginia Authorities Charge Truck Driver With Reckless Driving

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A Virginia dump truck driver is charged with reckless driving after getting stuck under an overpass, according to an article by ABC affiliate WRIC. The Virginia State Police reported that the truck driver was driving on Interstate 95 when he unintentionally activated the controls for the dump truck bed. The bed began to rise… Read More »

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How Does Virginia Address & Punish Domestic Violence?

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In the Commonwealth of Virginia, domestic violence occupies a special place in the criminal code. Domestic violence requires the perpetrator and victim to share a certain type of relationship, hence the special place in Virginia law. More specifically, Virginia domestic violence laws revolve around the concept of family or household members. How Does Virginia… Read More »

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Analyzing Three Different Penalties For Virginia DUI Convictions

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The Virginia Criminal Code makes driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs a serious criminal offense. Upon a first or second DUI conviction in Virginia, the applicable charge is typically a Class 1 misdemeanor, though the punishment does adjust up and down based on certain circumstances, such as a heightened blood-alcohol concentration… Read More »

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Drug Crime Suspected After Drone Leaves Package At Virginia School

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An attempted drug crime went sideways in Virginia, after a drone mistakenly dropped a package of cannabis and other items at a Virginia school instead of a nearby prison, according to an article by WTVR. This incident occurred on Monday, September 13, just before 6 a.m. A witness allegedly saw a drone descend onto… Read More »

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Drunk & Reckless Driver Clocked At 152 MPH In Virginia

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A Virginia man likely faces criminal charges for reckless driving and DUI after allegedly operating a vehicle at more than twice the speed limit, according to an article by WTOP. The Virginia State Police apparently pulled over this man after clocking his vehicle at 152 miles per hour on Interstate 81. The posted speed… Read More »

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Survey Of Virginia Weapon Crimes Involving Machine Guns

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Within the domain of Virginia crimes involving health and safety, there are numerous weapons offenses. In addition to laws governing firearms from a general standpoint, the Uniform Machine Gun Act provides several specific laws relating to weapons capable of automatic fire. Before delving into the details of particular offenses, however, it will be beneficial… Read More »

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When Do Virginia Drunk Drivers Need An Ignition Interlock System?

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On top of criminal penalties and fines for drunk driving in Virginia, DUI offenders may need to install an ignition interlock system on their vehicle. These systems help prevent further episodes of intoxicated or impaired driving by measuring the driver’s blood-alcohol concentration (BAC). Ignition interlock systems are not necessary in every case. What is… Read More »

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Seventeen People Arrested For Various Drug Crimes In Virginia

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Several law enforcement agencies in Virginia collaborated to arrest 17 people for various drug crimes, according to an article by WJHL. This operation was the result of a collaboration between the Virginia State Police, the 29th Judicial Drug Task Force, the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, and the Grundy Police Department. After their respective arrests,… Read More »

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