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How damaging is an underage DUI charge?

When your loved one has made the mistake of drinking while driving, especially as a minor, you can be in for a difficult legal ordeal. Ronald E. Smith, PC, is here to ensure that you get the criminal defense you deserve, since minors facing DUI-related charges can be in for some hefty penalties if convicted.

Virginia's age of consent

Many people in Virginia may not be aware of the laws in the state that govern when a person may legally agree to participate in sexual behavior. These laws are not always black-and-white insofar as there is not only age that applies in all cases. Instead, as Age of Consent explains, the age at which a person may consent to sexual activity depends in part on the age of the other person involved in the activity.

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.

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.

Tried as a child or an adult? virginia decides

The topic of murder is never a light case, especially when that case involves an individual who is not yet considered an adult. Situations in which a juvenile is charged for murder inevitably muddy legal waters, especially since the verdict is ultimately up to each individual state. In Virginia, specific laws protect juveniles in these situations, yet simultaneously deal with murder fairly and meticulously.

The details of juvenile marijuana laws

Most Virginia residents do not take juvenile crimes as seriously as those committed by adults, as the repercussions of juvenile cases are generally short-lived. Even though this assumption is largely true, there nonetheless exist countless juvenile crimes that come with lasting consequences. 

Violent juvenile crimes

Every day, America receives news involving a variety of crimes, ranging from minor theft to murder. Yet in between the spectrum of all crimes in the country lies juvenile crime, a topic well-known to the public but also of critical importance. Many state courts have difficulty determining proper penalties for juveniles who commit crimes, and the initial reason for committing the crime often goes overlooked. As for Virginia and teen offenses against the law, what can be said of the generally recent surge in violent crimes in certain areas of the state? 

Sexting: harmless fun or a dangerous act?

In today's fast paced, technologically-centered world, mobile phone use is nearly a habitual act. Cell phones are centers for communication, networking, news, business and entertainment, so many may wonder how a crime could involve such a useful device. Although the advantages of text messaging are apparent, sexting is a relatively new term that, while legal in some cases, can also present complex issues in the case of minors. The state of Virginia has laws regarding sexting to protect its citizens from potential harm, but some laws are currently under scrutiny and revision.

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