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November 2017 Archives

Fentanyl: one culprit in the opioid epidemic

While the nation nervously watches the opioid epidemic seize the lives of thousands of Americans, another drug has quietly entered the scene. Fentanyl, a narcotic used to treat severe pain, has recently made headlining news with its high risk for dependency and overdoses. While various programs, including those in Virginia, have worked to reduce the number of overdoses and deaths due to a number of drugs, the issues surrounding fentanyl continue to accumulate. State officials are now considering the best strategies to address this crippling issue.

What's the difference between petty and grand larceny?

When Virginia residents like you face larceny charges, you may wonder about the impact a conviction could have on your life. Unfortunately, all convictions will leave a negative imprint behind. For this reason, those facing such criminal charges may wish to turn to Ronald E Smith PC. He works to provide you with the knowledge you need to understand the charges you're up against.

What are the penalties for drinking before you're 21?

Underage students attending university in Virginia may be presented with various scenarios that involve alcohol and drinking. However, underage drinking should be avoided. It is illegal, of course, and underage drinking convictions can result in scholastic and employment difficulties in the future. Additionally, it can also wreak havoc on your body.

The one-leg stand field sobriety test

Have you been arrested for and charged with a drunk driving offense in Virginia? If so, you may understandably be nervous and even scared about what might happen to you and what consequences you may face if you are convicted of this charge. However, before you get to that point, it is important for you to understand that there may be ways to defend yourself against this charge.

How far is too far? teen sexting and the law

With today's widespread availability of cell phones, more teenagers than ever before have access to a world of online attractions. Some of these attractions lie in the appeal of social media giants Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat. Despite the fact that the appeal of social media platforms has dominated youth culture, there is one activity that has maintained its popularity over the years: that of "sexting," or the sending of sexually explicit photographs through the mode of a mobile phone. Most Virginia teens are familiar with this term, and although sexting is ideally consensual, the state labels the act a crime that comes with devastating penalties.

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