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Virginia Baby Dui’s

Driving After Illegally Consuming Alcohol (“Baby DWI”) Most everyone knows that the legal drinking age is 21 years old.  Most people also know that you can be convicted of Driving While Intoxicated if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is at least .08 percent while driving. Most people do not know that, if you’re under 21 …

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Current Virginia Marijuana Laws

Cravens & Noll PC has received a number of inquiries lately about Virginia marijuana laws. While marijuana laws in Virginia are changing swiftly, the commonwealth still does not recognize medical marijuana. Simple possession of less than two ounces of cannabis can result in up to 30 days in jail and/or a $500 fine. Presently, the …

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Suspect lineups in Virginia remain vulnerable to misidentification

Two years ago, the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services took steps to ensure that fewer Virginians will be misidentified as criminal suspects in eyewitness lineups. The agency acted to limit misidentification primarily because the people of Virginia can only truly have faith in the criminal justice system if it prosecutes individuals fairly and if …

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Study: Racial disparity exists in marijuana-related arrest rates

Newly released federal data suggests that a disturbing trend has developed in regards to drug arrests in America. The data indicates that in 2010 alone, black Americans were arrested for simple possession and related marijuana charges at rates between three and eight times higher than white Americans were. This data is particularly disturbing given that the …

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Virginia may reform its sex crime laws

Some laws are crystal clear, while others are riddled with nuance and exceptions. When it comes to laws involving intimacy, most crimes are fairly obvious. Adults may legally engage in consensual sexual encounters, provided that both parties are of sound mind and are not related closely by blood. Generally, sex crimes all exist in scenarios that do …

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