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There has been a rash of thefts of air conditioner units stolen across Virginia Beach. The Virginia-Pilot reports that 65 units, many one at a time, have been stolen from homes and businesses this summer.
A Virginia man is facing charges in the accident death of an elderly woman after an alleged drunk driving incident. The court case is still in the early stages, the preliminary hearing happened just this week.
According to The Journal, the accident occurred in March on U.S. 11 in Berkeley County. The 57 year old Hagerstown victim was driving home from church and took the highway to avoid unnecessary traffic on Interstate 81.
The 37 year old defendant was leaving a bar where he admittedly consumed 5 to 6 beers. The victim’s 1989 Geo Spectrum was totaled by the defendants Chevy Silverado and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
A preliminary hearing is held to determine if probable cause is present to believe a crime occurred and the defendant committed it.
Magistrate Joan Bragg ruled there was probable cause and bound the case over to Berkeley County Court.
At the preliminary hearing, both the prosecution and the defense are allowed to state their cases. The defense is allowed to question the validity of the search, breathalyzer, arrest, and any other circumstances surrounding the case. But, because the goal isn’t a verdict of guilt or innocence, preliminary hearings are much less complex than a trial.
The defendant in this case underwent a breath test at the scene of the accident and again at the police station; both were said to be well over the legal limit (.165 and .148 respectively). The defendant was said to have stated “Yes, I guess so” when the officer at the scene asked if his alcohol consumption may have played a role in the accident.
While a typical DUI is a crime, getting in an accident resulting in a death while under the influence of alcohol is a much more serious matter. This particular defendant faces a potential 10 years in prison for the charges against him.
When you are up against DUI charges, you can’t be expected to understand all of the proceedings against you—they are complex and can be confusing. That’s what your defense lawyer is for.
If you are facing DUI charges or any other related criminal charges, contact us today.
This week, the Washington Post revealed a massive effort taking place in Northern Virginia to prevent the sale and illegal use of prescription drugs. What is being called “Operation Cotton Candy” began in 2002 and involves law enforcement at local, state, and federal levels. Some are calling it a waste of time and money but the U.S Attorney’s office points to 170 convictions as proof that they are doing something right.
Illicit prescription use is at an all time high in every state in the nation. Legal with a prescription but highly dangerous without, drugs like Oxycontin are highly addictive and creating a black market that includes people from all walks of life.
According to the Washington Post report, doctors, nurses, and grandmothers have been caught up in Operation Cotton Candy, including one physician who was accused of prescribing an unheard of 1,200 Oxycodone pills per day to a single patient.
People have a tendency to view prescription drugs as somehow safer than drugs like crack or heroin. They think that because they come from a pharmacy and are commonly recommended by doctors, they can’t be as dangerous as these more well known street drugs. This, unfortunately, couldn’t be further from the truth.
Prescription drugs are highly addictive. Often, addiction begins when the drugs are prescribed for a legitimate reason, an injury for instance. As tolerance builds, you begin taking more and more; and if your supply is cut off, you may take drastic measures to ensure your need for the drugs is satisfied.
Once caught in possession of illegal drugs, prescription or not, a harsh reality check often results. Drug charges like these can end up with years in prison. Handling an addiction becomes especially difficult in a place like that.
If you are facing drug charges like this, or if you are accused of selling prescription drugs, we may be able to help. If this is your first offense, we may be able to get you a second chance.
Contact us today to discuss the details of your case. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you overcome this difficult point in life.