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Author Archives: Jay Butchko


When Does Reckless Driving Become Improper Driving In Virginia?

By Simms Showers LLP |

Reckless driving is a criminal offense under Virginia law that can lead to misdemeanor or felony charges. And a conviction for either of these charges can lead to serious repercussions, such as criminal fines, confinement, and license suspension. But in certain cases, the Virginia courts may reduce a reckless driving charge to the traffic… Read More »

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Virginia Man Faces 8 Counts Of Property Damage In Leesburg

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Local authorities charged a 20-year-old man from Leesburg, Virginia with eight counts of misdemeanor property damage, according to an article by the Loudoun Times-Mirror. An official press release alleged that this Virginia man was involved in a series of graffiti incidents on public and private property. Apparently, these graffiti incidents occurred from January to… Read More »

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4 FAQs On DUI/DWI Crimes In Virginia

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Commonly referred to as drunk driving, it is a criminal offense to operate a vehicle in Virginia while intoxicated or impaired. It does not matter whether a person drives under the influence (DUI) or drives while impaired (DWI). The penalties for DUI/DWI are the same under Virginia law. What Qualifies as DUI/DWI in Virginia?… Read More »

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Virginia Man Arrested For Heroin & Meth Drug Crimes

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A 39-year-old Virginia man faces charges for heroin and methamphetamine drug crimes after leading police on a 21-mile chase, according to an article by CBS affiliate WDBJ. This incident occurred in the late evening of Wednesday, March 23. That is when police officers attempted to execute a traffic stop. But the Virginia man allegedly… Read More »

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4 Situations Where Passing Other Vehicles Is Reckless Driving in Virginia

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There are many forms of reckless driving in the Virginia Criminal Code. There is a general rule against this type of conduct on the roads, prohibiting harmful and dangerous operation of vehicles. In addition, Virginia reckless driving charges can apply to the passing or overtaking of other vehicles. As a reminder, any person who… Read More »

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Fire In Ashburn, Virginia Leaves 1 Dead & 2 Injured

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Despite one death and multiple injuries, officials do not expect to file misdemeanor or felony charges for residential arson in an Ashburn fire, according to an article by the Loudoun Times-Mirror. County officials stated that this fire occurred at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 29. Apparently, someone discarded smoking materials in the 42900… Read More »

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Virginia Police Officer Charged With Drunk Driving

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A Virginia police officer who was already on administrative leave now faces criminal charges for alleged drunk driving, according to an article by ABC affiliate WSET. Law enforcement responded to this DUI/DWI incident on March 27 at approximately 2 a.m. Reports indicated that the Virginia officer in question was driving erratically while traveling northbound… Read More »

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Analysis Of Virginia Controlled Substance Schedules For Drug Crimes

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Within the domain of drug crimes under the Virginia Criminal Code, it is vital to evaluate the type of controlled substance at issue. In that vein, Virginia divides illegal drugs and other controlled substances into schedules, largely based on likelihood of abuse and potential medical use. Generally speaking, the most dangerous substances appear in… Read More »

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Virginia Reckless Driver Appeals Conviction In Federal Court

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A Virginia man convicted for a reckless driving incident in 2017 recently filed an appeal in federal court, according to an article by WTOP. The underlying incident in this case occurred on September 8, 2017. On that date, the Virginia man was driving a food truck to Ashburn for a football game. After driving… Read More »

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How Does Virginia Define & Punish Sexual Battery?

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The Virginia Criminal Code prohibiting many types of sex crimes and applying misdemeanor or felony charges for violations. Within this domain, sexual battery is one of the most serious offenses. Though before discussing sexual battery statutes, specifically, it will be helpful to review the definition of sexual abuse under Virginia law. How Does Virginia… Read More »

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