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Virginia's reckless driving laws are broad

Many states have reckless driving laws. Using these laws, police and prosecutors can criminally punish drivers who engage in behaviors that law enforcement officers deem to be particularly dangerous or careless. In Virginia, the laws against reckless driving are especially broad. For instance, just about anyone who causes an accident can face a charge of misdemeanor reckless driving, because reckless driving in Virginia is any sort of driving that endangers another person's life or property, even if no other traffic laws are broken.

Former employee at local fire department accused of theft

A person who at one time was affiliated with the Harrisonburg Fire Department has been charged with multiple criminal felonies in connection with an alleged break-in at a fire station. While the suspect has been identified as a former employee, it is not clear whether he was a firefighter or served in a supporting capacity.

What is the difference between grand and petit larceny?

A larceny is generally a theft and a theft can involve a number of elements. It can involve the taking of property from someone else and the intent of the taking party to prevent the property's owner from ever getting it back. In Virginia, larcenies are classified as either grand or petit.

Defending one's self against damaging assault allegations

The crime of assault is serious and can leave a person facing significant penalties if they are convicted of charges alleging that the engaged in that prohibited conduct. This post will examine the steps that a prosecutor in the courts of Virginia must take in order to prove their case against a criminal defendant charged with assault. It will also discuss ways that defendants can demonstrate their innocence or provide applicable defenses to their alleged crimes.

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