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Virginia task force aims to take 43 more dealers off the streets

A special joint task force in Virginia, formed with help from several different police departments and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), has taken aim at 43 individuals who are suspected of possession or distribution of heroin.

Previous operations by the task force have already netted more than 200 offenders.

Virginia DUI penalties: Younger than 21

After a long school year, summer has finally arrived. It's the perfect chance to kick loose, enjoy your break from classes and take full advantage of the warm weather. For many, taking advantage of the warm weather means drinking with your friends. Between going to parties, outdoor concerts and taking road trips to the beach, your weekends are jam packed and alcohol fueled.

You had good intentions not to drink and drive but got wrapped up in having a good time. Before you knew it, it was late, you needed to get home and your car was parked right outside. Unfortunately, just one night of underage fun has now turned into a terrible nightmare. The consequences for drunk driving, especially if you’re under 21 can be severe and have a lasting impact.

Even insured, kids not getting addiction medications - study

When a young person is arrested for drug possession, are they merely experimenting with the forbidden, or are they addicted? It's a crucial question. Experimentation is relatively harmless, although it can have serious legal consequences. Addiction, however, requires treatment.

When it comes to the opioid epidemic, it's far more likely that addiction is the issue. A common scenario is for the person to become addicted to a legally prescribed pain medication like OxyContin or Vicodin. Once the prescription ends, the addicted person may turn to the streets to obtain the needed drug -- or a substitute like heroin.

The ABCs of Virginia DUI laws

Imagine spending a Friday night out with friends, celebrating the end of a long week at work. You were having a spectacular night until, on your way home, you suddenly see red and blue lights flashing in your rearview mirror. A police officer was pulling you over. A little while later, you were sitting in the back of a squad car on your way to jail. This is not how you anticipated starting your weekend.

Driving under the influence (DUI) charges can come with some severe consequences. Part of the reason why states such as Virginia have enacted strict DUI laws is to reduce instances of fatal drunk driving accidents. If you are facing a DUI charge, an experienced defense attorney in the Christiansburg area can help you defend yourself.

First-time drug offenders may get relief with a 251 Disposition

Virginia has a unique probation program available to first-time offenders charged with drug possession.

Called a 251 Disposition, this is a special type of probation that takes into account the fact that you've never been in trouble with the law before -- and can ultimately leave you without a conviction on your record if you successfully complete the program.

DUI charges can come up over prescription drugs

As long as a person always drinks responsibly and never gets behind the wheel after drinking, they will never have to worry about facing DUI charges, right? Actually, there are situations in which a Virginian driver could face DUI charges without having a single drop of alcohol in their system when driving. For one, here in Virginia, alcohol is not the only substance a person could face DUI charges over.

Among the other substances DUI charges could come up over are prescription drugs. There are a range of different prescription medications individuals could be taking in relation to medical conditions they have. Such medications vary widely in the effects they can have on a person. If a person is accused of driving while being on a prescription drug that impaired them to the point of being under the influence, DUI charges could end up being brought.

Heroin possession a felony in Virginia

When it comes to heroin, a person doesn’t have to be accused of possessing a massive amount to wind up in a potentially life-altering legal situation. Here in Virginia, being accused of possessing even very small amounts of heroin can expose a person to felony charges.

Under Virginia law, possession any amount of heroin is a Class 5 felony.

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