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Sending a sext message is a risk no matter your age

Sexting on its own is not a criminal offense, but sexting the wrong person ca be. At its core, sexting is just the transmission of nude or suggestive material through text messages. For two consenting adults, there is no problem with sexting. In fact, it's fairly common in many adult relationships.

Malware strikes the Virginia State Police, locks up systems

There are many ways that you can defend yourself if you're accused of a crime. Sometimes, the most unusual ways come up when events outside your control take place. One of those events happened recently when a malware attack ended up costing the police around seven year's worth of evidence.

Domestic violence and same-sex couples

When it comes to domestic violence, one issue that doesn't often come up is the risk of violence among same-sex couples. When you think of domestic violence cases, it's often believed that the man is the abusive partner who is violent toward a female partner. The fact is that anyone can be the victim or the offender in a domestic violence case.

Criminal defenses can have different purposes

We recently discussed some of the options that you have for a defense against theft charges. If you recall, the circumstances of your case can impact what options you have for the defense. That post brings up an important point -- it is imperative that you don't try to use a cookie-cutter defense against any criminal charges.

Marijuana charges: Less chance of arrest in Virginia?

If you've been caught with marijuana in your possession in Virginia, you might think that you won't be penalized heavily, but the truth is that the manner in which people are arrested and prosecuted can vary in the state. The last thing you want to have to deal with is a case where you're being used as an example, which could happen if it's found that the police are being too easy on those caught with the drug. In any situation where you're in trouble with the law, working with your attorney can be helpful for protecting your reputation while you await a trial.

What it takes to be arrested for drunk driving: A legal stop

If you are driving under the influence of alcohol and are stopped by a police officer, you may be arrested. The first step of any criminal process is to place a person under arrest. The use of handcuffs as restraints is not required to place a person under arrest, and you are considered to be under arrest as soon as the officer says so, even if you aren't in custody.

Facing a worst-case scenario: Geing charged with a crime

It sounds like a terrible nightmare for many people, and it can often seem like the worst-case scenario. Even if you are somewhat familiar with the criminal justice system from either side, being charged with a crime is frightening. It's not the worst-case scenario, though -- that would involve being convicted of the crime and sentenced for it. Protecting yourself from the worst that could happen in such a situation is one reason to seek immediate assistance from a criminal defense professional in Virginia.

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