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Can you revoke your plea bargain?

Should you face white-collar crime charges in Virginia, the prosecutor may well offer you a favorable plea bargain that will negate the necessity of your going to trial. Forbes reports that while 90 percent of all federal defendants do in fact accept a plea bargain, this may not be in your best interests.

Alleged hazing leads to 9 arrests

The fact that one is no longer a university student in Virginia may not be enough to protect one from charges related to hazing. Two young men found this out to their detriment when they, along with seven current students at Louisiana State University, faced arrest related to an alleged recent hazing incident at their fraternity.

What is entrapment?

The idea of being framed for a crime is terrifying. It is even more so when you worry about law enforcement tricking you into committing a crime. However, you should understand that law enforcement in Virginia will not do that. It is against the law. The United States Department of Justice explains that when law enforcement coerces or otherwise influences you to commit a crime, it could be entrapment.

Cyberstalking defined

Communication technologies have allowed Virginians to connect to others in ways undreamt of as recently as 20 years ago, to the point where it has become quite a casual thing for people to speak of following one another on social media. However, such attention is not always desired and may sometimes be damaging, in which case it may qualify as cyberstalking.

Multi-agency investigation in Virginia leads to 19 drug arrests

A U.S. Attorney calls the modern opioid crisis one of the "most vexing problems" faced by public health officials and law enforcement. A multi-agency investigation in and around the town of Mount Jackson, Virginia that lasted for months and involved officials at the local, state and federal levels has resulted in 19 arrests on charges related to firearms and drug trafficking.

What does it mean to jump bail?

If law enforcement arrests you in Virginia and takes you to jail, you will most likely have to pay a bond to get out. This bond is a certain amount of money you pay to guarantee you will show up on your court date. Typically, the court sets bond amounts high to give you more motivation to go to your court date. Because of this, you will probably use the services of a bail bond service to help you pay the full amount of bond.

Hazing could lead to tougher penalties

With several high-profile deaths related to hazing on college campuses dominating Virginia headlines over the past few years, university officials, law enforcement and state legislators are no longer disposed to regard such initiation rituals as harmless fun. Several states are now cracking down, seeking harsher penalties for those who engage in hazing, especially if the initiate comes to bodily harm. 

What does battery mean?

Emotions tend to run high for Virginia college students, and heightened emotions can lead to a fight, especially if alcohol is a factor. If you become involved in a physical altercation, you may face battery charges. However, according to FindLaw, battery encompasses a much wider range of offenses than just physical violence.

Plea deal involves deferred adjudication

People in Virginia who are facing criminal charges understandably want to learn how they may best defend themselves and avoid or minimize any penalties. A plea deal, also called a plea agreement, is one way that some people are able to do this. It may also eliminate some of the surprise or tension involved in enduring a full trial.

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