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March 2012 Archives

Virginia governor signs DUI ignition interlock law

Earlier this month, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell signed a bill which, when it becomes law on July 1, will require all DUI offenders in the state to install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles. With the new drunk driving law, Virginia becomes the 16th state in the U.S. to mandate that first-time DUI offenders must install and maintain ignition interlock devices.

Should juveniles receive lesser sentences than adults?

The way juvenile crimes are prosecuted often differs from the way crimes are handled if the alleged perpetrator is an adult. One recent case dealt with this very issue, and it caught the attention of people in Virginia and throughout the country.

Who protects inmates after a wrongful murder conviction? Part 2.

In our last post, we talked about a man who claims he was wrongfully convicted of murdering a deputy. The man is now on death row and is trying to appeal his criminal conviction. Unfortunately, the man has had problems with his legal team throughout the process, and people throughout Virginia are questioning whether the lawyers he is working with can help clear his name.

Who protects inmates after a wrongful murder conviction? Part 1.

The main problem with the current appeals process is that a convicted inmate who wants to introduce claims that were not presented in the initial appeal is unable to do so. Federal law prohibits courts from considering claims that were not presented at the start of the appeals process.

Two Virginia men could overturn their wrongful convictions

Imagine your 15-year-old son is accused of rape by a 14-year-old neighbor and he is facing a possible prosecution as an adult. His criminal defense attorney advises him to plead guilty to two felony counts so he can avoid adult court and serve his time in a juvenile detention center instead. Then two months later his accuser recants her story, but the nightmare isn't over.

Virginia man sentenced to 1 year, 1 day for fraud

Sometimes, when a person is charged with a non-violent crime, such as a white collar crime, there may not be any witnesses or individual victim to testify. Instead, there may be physical evidence in the form of bank records, signatures, store receipts and computer files. This was the case recently for a man charged in federal court with wire fraud, bank fraud and one count of making false statements to a financial institution.

Two injured in gun violence episode at Newport News convenience store

Two people were hospitalized after a shootout Wednesday night at a Newport News convenience store. Stories like this have a tendency to re-ignite our debate over the Second Amendment, what circumstances should merit gun charges and other hot topics related to personal firearms.

Man's suicide plan leads to felony drug charges

Few things are more terrifying than learning about a loved one's suicide plan. Some people may feel paralyzed with fear, and they may think are unable to stop that person. Other people panic or they blame themselves. Others know that they don't have the skills to help the person who is planning to kill themselves, so they call someone who can help.

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