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    felony charges

    Police do make mistakes when detaining you, making an arrest, or investigating crimes. Prosecuting attorneys may also be guilty of errors during the pre-trial and trial process. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s not a mistake, and officials engage in intentional misconduct that affects your case. However, while these issues may violate your rights under federal law and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia, they don’t automatically enter the courtroom. Even when you have multiple defenses or grounds to have the charges...

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    dwi

    If you were charged with violating Virginia’s statute on Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), your arrest triggers two separate court cases, each of which involves multiple stages along the way. The proceedings are complicated regarding both the criminal case and the process that affects your driving privileges. Without a legal background, you may not understand the complex rules that affect your rights.  The good news is that, any point along the timeline of a DWI matter, you may have several opportunities to defend...

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    DWI in Virginia

    If you’re pulled over for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) under Virginia law, police will attempt to get all the evidence they can to accomplish two goals: Arrest you; and, Help the prosecution convict you in court. The bar is set pretty low for an arrest, but the burden of proof in your DWI criminal case is higher: A prosecutor must establish that you’re guilty beyond reasonable doubt. If the prosecution meets this standard, you could face serious penalties. Even a...

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    check theft

    An arrest on northbound Interstate 95 for a car weaving erratically between lanes resulted in the discovery of over $100,000 in stolen business checks from the Hanover Air Park and other area locations. Lareese Martlelles Mallety, 24, has been charged with federal offenses of theft and receipt of stolen mail in addition to charges for possession of a firearm as a convicted felon. Hanover Air Park and other business parks in the area have been targeted multiple times over the...

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    Dos and Don’ts if You’re Facing Domestic Violence Charges in Virginia

    Domestic violence is a very serious matter in Virginia, so there are hefty penalties for violating the law on assault and battery against a family or household member. Therefore, your situation could look quite bleak if the allegations are false, exaggerated, or based upon improper motives. The National Sexual Violence Research Center reports that up to 10 percent of domestic violence allegations are unfounded or unsubstantiated, which seems like an insignificant number – unless you’re the one that was falsely...

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    driving under the influence

    A man from Chesterfield County who was severely injured after causing a three vehicle accident under the influence earlier this month has died from his injuries. Matthew Fischer, 56, was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol when he was traveling east on the Midlothian Turnpike. Driving a 2003 Honda Accord, Fischer drove off of the road to the left, crossed the median, and struck a 2016 Honda Pilot traveling west. The impact from the crash caused the...

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    DUI accident

      A Virginia man who was driving under the influence (DUI) and killed two people last year pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence. Anthony Caldwell, 31, from Stafford pled guilty earlier this month and will serve six to twelve years in prison for the deaths. Caldwell was traveling on Route 222 near the Peach Road overpass in September 2017 when he struck a tow truck driver that was helping a disabled motorist on...

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    federal charges

    In a bizarre case, state authorities have withdrawn the charge of a New Zealand man with breaking and entering with a deadly weapon with the intent to commit rape for the federal filing of charges for production of child pornography and “coercion and enticement” of a minor after Troy George Skinner, 30, from New Zealand flew across the world and was shot after trying to break into the home of a fourteen year old girl. In June, Skinner was shot...

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