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Author Archives: Jay Butchko

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Federal Court Sentences Virginia Man For Drug Distribution Crimes

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A U.S. federal judge sentenced a Virginia man to five years in prison for various drug distribution crimes, according to a press release from the Drug Enforcement Administration. Official reports indicate that the Virginia man engaged in a conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine from 2018 to 2020. To break this case, law enforcement… Read More »

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Can I Drive On A License Suspended For Virginia DUI?

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The Virginia Criminal Code imposes severe penalties for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of substances. Within this sphere, DUI offenders are subject to various penalties in Virginia, including: (a) confinement in jail or prison, (b) criminal fines, and (c) driver’s license suspension or revocation. In most cases, DUI… Read More »

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What Happens If I’m Charged With Reckless Driving In Virginia?

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Reckless driving can come in many shapes and sizes in Virginia. Though there is a general definition under Code of Virginia Section 46.2-852. This offense occurs when a driver operates a vehicle in a reckless or dangerous fashion — thereby creating a risk of property damage, physical injury, or death. But Virginia law does… Read More »

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Examining 3 Versions Of Forgery Under The Virginia Criminal Code

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The Virginia Criminal Code categorizes forgery as a version of fraud. At a baseline level, forgery generally involves a false document or similar device. In certain cases, the mere creation of a false device can qualify as forgery. But the use of a forged document or device — knowing or having a reason to… Read More »

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DUI Charges Filed Against Virginia State Police Trooper

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A Virginia State Police trooper faces criminal charges for DUI and other offenses, according to an article by NBC12. After allegedly committing DUI on June 23 on Interstate 64, the trooper in question faces criminal charges for DUI, refusing a DUI test, and reckless driving. While legal developments in this matter continue to unfold,… Read More »

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Examining 3 Virginia Drug Crimes Involving Minors & Schools

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In the interest of protecting children from the dangers of controlled substances and cannabis, Virginia law criminalizes certain actions involving minors or schools. Although functionally similar to other drug crime laws, offenses involving minors or schools feature more severe penalties. To learn about these specific offenses, the following sections will examine three Virginia drug… Read More »

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Reckless Driving Injures Virginia State Police Officer

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A Virginia man faces reckless driving charges after allegedly crashing into and injuring a state trooper on Interstate 664, according to an article by 13News Now. This incident occurred on June 10 at approximately 8 a.m. At that point, a Virginia State Trooper was traveling on I-664 and stopped to assist a vehicle. While… Read More »

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Dissecting 4 Types Of Larceny Under Virginia Law

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Larceny is often referred to generally as theft. Larceny occurs when a perpetrator takes property from a victim without authority and with the intent to deprive the victim of said property. Larceny typically turns on whether the offense occurred “from the person” or “not from the person.” When larceny occurs “from the person,” it… Read More »

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Virginia Woman Arrested For DUI & Assaulting Police

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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Virginia woman for allegedly driving under the influence (DUI) and assaulting a police officer, according to an article by Patch. This incident occurred on Tuesday, September 20 at approximately 9:30 p.m. That is when the Virginia woman allegedly caused an accident near Newvalley Church Road and Rosefinch… Read More »

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What Is A Conspiracy Drug Crime Under Virginia Law?

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In the context of Virginia drug crimes, conspiracy offenses represent a somewhat unique approach. For this offense to apply, the perpetrator must conspire with at least one other person to commit — or attempt to commit — a drug crime in violation of Virginia law. The punishment for conspiracy drug crimes is linked directly… Read More »

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