It may feel to people in Virginia that virtually every day lately there are new reports made detailing allegations of some form of sexual misconduct made against different men. Many of these allegations involve very famous persons in the entertaininment or media industries. Other such cases, however, involve individuals not in such high-profile or public professions.
Violent crimes of any sort are prosecuted harshly. The motivation behind the crime is something that might be considered when the charges are being determined and when a sentence is handed down after a conviction. One example is when the motivation for a crime was hatred for a protected group. In that case, the violent crime might be labeled as a hate crime.
The circumstances surrounding an assault and battery charge can make a big difference in how your case is handled and how you are able to handle your defense. A big component of any assault and battery case is whether the incident was spur of the moment or if it was premeditated. Generally, criminal acts that are premeditated are prosecuted in a harsher manner than those that are spur of the moment.
Road rage incidents are making the news and drawing awareness to the violent temper that some people have while they are driving. One of the high profile road rage incidents lately was that of the former National Football League's player's death when he was shot in a road rage incident. While that didn't occur in Virginia, another road rage incident did occur here. Now, a woman is facing criminal charges based on allegations of road rage.