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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.

Will a shoplifting conviction have a big impact on you?

As a college student in Virginia, it's possible that you may make some decisions that could impact your ability to continue attending school. Mark B. Arthur, P.C., is here to fight for people like you who may have made a regrettable mistake, but don't deserve to have your whole life turned upside-down because of it.

Can you lose financial aid because of a drug conviction?

If you are the parent of a Virginia college student and your son or daughter is facing a drug-related criminal charge, you may have concerns about how a conviction might impact his or her life. In addition to fines, possible jail time and other potential penalties, your college student may also face “collateral consequences” relating to the crime, with collateral consequences referring to any repercussions that do not stem directly from the court system.

What kind of drugs do students see on college campuses?

When you live in a college dormitory in Virginia, you may expect to come into contact with alcohol during parties. You may not realize that you might encounter drug use, though. It is important for you to know which drugs you might encounter and the effect these can have on your life.

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