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What should you do if you're facing domestic assault charges?

Virginian residents like you can have your entire world turned upside down by the accusation of domestic assault or violence. Because of the long-lasting consequences these accusations can have and the huge toll it may take on your life if you are convicted, you should know what to do if facing such charges.

First, FindLaw examines the definition of domestic violence, which is an umbrella term that covers numerous different situations. Categories of abuse that domestic violence can occur in include:

  • Emotional and mental
  • Sexual
  • Physical
  • Economic

Could you get kicked out of school for a conviction?

Every school is different when it comes to criminal charges that students face. In general, Deans' offices could put you on some type of warning or expel you from school, depending on the severity of the charge. You should probably check with the relevant college guidelines to see what might happen if you were convicted of a crime.

However, if you were receiving federal student aid, there could be broader concerns. Before you accept any deals or talk to anyone from the Virginia police force versus or attorney's offices, there are some things you may want to know about how criminal charges might affect your eligibility for student aid. 

Dorm party? Don't buy drinks for underage students

Lots of people enjoy parties on campuses in Virginia, and if you don't go to a school with a dry campus, there is a chance that alcohol with be part of the festivities. It's important to keep in mind that not everyone who attends college is over the age of 21. Typically, it's only juniors or seniors in college who are 21 or older, which creates a risk of younger students having access to alcohol when they should not.

Giving alcohol to a minor is a criminal offense, and getting caught drinking underage is as well. There are some things you should do if you find out there are underage people at your party with alcohol, so that you can protect yourself.

What should students know about summer DUIs?

Young people in Virginia and across the country are looking forward to the summer months. Whether it means a long vacation soaking up the sun or taking on a summer job, students on break may also involve alcohol in their activities. As a parent or a student, you should understand the potential complications that drinking during the summer break can entail, especially when it comes to drinking and driving.

As FindLaw points out, students are likely to enjoy alcohol after a long, stressful school year. There is nothing wrong with drinking responsibly and taking care to avoid driving intoxicated or getting in a car with a driver who has been drinking. However, as you may know, young people are often influenced by their peers, and their inexperience may lead them to make decisions they might not make when they are older. For example, high school students on summer vacation may spend many weekend nights partying with their friends. College students, whether they are over or under 21, can engage in heavy drinking and binge drinking to keep up socially or to relieve the stress of finals and summer jobs.

Governor takes on mandatory minimum sentences

People who live in Virginia and who are convicted of criminal offenses will understandably want to learn about the penalties they may face. Depending on the nature of the offense for which a person is convicted, it is possible that there will be little variance in the penalties as many crimes carry with them mandated sentencing guidelines. Many of these require that a defendant be sentenced to a required minimum length of time with absolutely no regard given to the specifics of the case.

Mandatory minimum sentences have been a topic of debate and come under fire by many who assert they are not fair. According to a report by WJLA, two bills were recently passed in the state legislature that would add even more mandatory minimum sentences into the state's code. The Governor, however, has indicated that he intends to veto both of these bills because he does not agree with the required mandatory sentences.

How severe is a gross misdemeanor charge?

Virginian residents likely know about two different types of charges: misdemeanors and felonies. However, there is a type of charge that falls between the two in terms of severity. Mark B. Arthur, attorney at law, is here to offer knowledge and help if you are facing a gross misdemeanor charge.

If you are charged with a gross misdemeanor, it means the crime you are being accused of committing is more serious than one that would result in an average misdemeanor charge. However, the crime would still be considered minor. Serious crimes almost always end up with felony charges instead. Simple assault, petty theft, and driving under the influence are all examples of potential crimes that might be considered gross misdemeanors.

Keeping alcohol consumption from hindering your education

When you are preparing to begin attending college in Virginia, you may have never considered the impact that socializing, partying and having a good time would potentially have on your educational experience. At Mark B. Arthur Attorney at Law, we are committed to helping people who may be facing criminal charges. 

For many people, one of the most memorable parts of their college experience are the parties they went to and the people they met. In fact, some of the people you meet while going to college could become some of your lifelong friends. However, spending too much time socializing or becoming involved in excessive drinking can put your education at risk if you wind up in trouble. Fortunately, if you do find yourself facing a criminal charge, there are resources that you can use to overcome your mistake and move beyond your past to achieve your goals. 

Can reckless driving charges be added to DUI charges?

In Virginia, driving is taken very seriously. As such, if you break the law while on the road, you could be facing harsh penalties. This is especially true if you are facing multiple charges. Mark B. Arthur, PC, is here to explain how driving under the influence (DUI) and distracted driving may interact when it comes to the charges you face.

DUI charges alone can result in hefty penalties. Depending on the charges faced, you could be dealing with high fines, jail time, community service, or even having to attend a rehabilitation program.

Building a drug possession defense with lab analysis

Throughout the country, different states and communities now hold widely varying opinions about how to address drug abuse and drug-related crime. Some states are changing their laws to reflect these updated views. Virginia maintains drug laws that still criminalize most forms of possession, but our laws are not as strict and harsh as those in some other states.

Still, facing drug charges in Virginia or just about any other state can still lead to serious jail time and hefty fines. If you face drug charges and are also a student, you confront the additional threat of the effects a drug conviction may have on your education and employment opportunities.

Know the facts about embezzlement

Some Virginia residents may think that embezzlement is the kind of crime which happens only at large, high-profile companies. However, someone might commit this offense at a company of any size. It is important to understand what this offense looks like and the different forms it might take.  

FindLaw says that embezzlement occurs when people take money or other assets from a company and use them for their own benefit. In some situations, someone might take a bit of money from the petty cash once in a while. In other situations, someone might alter a company's records to take larger sums of money. While most people may associate money with embezzlement, a person might also embezzle company property. This means someone might take computers or other pieces of technology.

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