• Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, State & Federal Law Enforcement Officials Have Created an Anti-Fraud Task Force in Virginia

    Anti-Fraud Task Force

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) has devastated communities throughout the country and around the world. As of April 14th, the Virginia Department of Health reports that nearly 6,200 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed—with more expected in the coming weeks. The fast spreading virus is a serious public health threat. Officials are also worried that it may lead to an increase in fraud. Recently, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the Virginia Coronavirus Fraud Task Force—a joint state and federal law enforcement operation designed...

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    federal crimes

    When a person is charged with a felony criminal offense, it is often clear whether it is a state or a federal offense. For example, on the one hand, if a person violates a state law of Virginia and does so completely within the bounds of the state—such as robbery in a downtown Richmond retail establishment—that crime typically will be charged under Virginia state law. On the other hand, if a person is accused of burglary or robbery inside a...

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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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