Blog Posts in December, 2015

  • Hate Crimes in Virginia

    || 30-Dec-2015

    Hate crimes are offenses which are committed against specific individuals based on their race, gender, religion, ethnicity, disability, or sexual orientation. When an individual commits assault or assault and battery against the mentioned groups, the offense is associated with more severe penalties than simple assault. The following evidence must be determined if bias had been demonstrated by the ...
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  • What is Malicious and Unlawful Wounding?

    || 28-Dec-2015

    A malicious wounding charge is committed by deliberately causing injury to another person with the intention seriously injuring, disfiguring, maiming, disabling, or killing the victim. The malice intention to badly harm an individual is what separates that type of violent crime from assault and battery charges. Aggravated malicious wounding occurs when an individual sustains permanent and severe ...
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  • What is Disorderly Conduct?

    || 24-Dec-2015

    Governed by Va. Code § 18.2-415, disorderly conduct is a crime which typically involves offensive or disruptive public activity. This can be executed in two different ways with the intention to cause or disregard the risk of causing public alarm, annoyance, or inconvenience. First, disorderly conduct can be committed if a person’s behavior provokes a violent action towards another. ...
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  • Virginia's Pretrial Diversion Program

    || 23-Dec-2015

    If you were recently arrested for a nonviolent crime in Richmond, you’ll be interested in learning about Virginia’s Pretrial Diversion Program – a program that helps criminal defendants while saving the courts money. The Pretrial Diversion Program was created to prevent defendants from developing long-term, destructive behaviors that result in a pattern of criminal activity. The ...
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  • What Does Statute of Limitations Mean?

    || 22-Dec-2015

    Every state has laws on the statute of limitations for criminal cases. This is the time it takes for the prosecutor to press charges against a person suspected of committing a crime. Understandably, as criminal cases can be quite complex, it does take time to find someone culpable of a criminal offense and subsequently charge them with that crime. Prosecutors are held to these time limits to file ...
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  • Penalties for Domestic Violence in Virginia

    || 9-Dec-2015

    Have you recently been accused of committing domestic violence or family abuse? If so, it’s critical that you become familiar with Virginia’s penalties for domestic violence, whether or not you are actually guilty of the offense. Usually, a domestic violence case begins when a victim, family member or neighbor makes a 911 call to the local police. In Virginia, the police have the ...
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