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A Montgomery County man is sentenced to 25 years for DUI death

A Montgomery County, Virginia, man will be spending many years behind bars after pleading guilty to a multitude of different charges stemming from his arrest for driving under the influence (DUI) back on July 4. The incident that resulted in the charges being filed against the man occurred along the portion of Interstate 81 that runs through Montgomery County.

That holiday, the defendant has apparently been operating his Ford Expedition as he drove northbound along the highway. He'd only made it a short distance past the Christiansburg exit when he apparently struck a disabled tractor-trailer that had parked along the interstate's shoulder.

What the Virginia Schedule I and II drug possession penalties are

In Virginia, those convicted of drug crimes are punished according to what category it falls into. Posession of Schedule I and II narcotics carry the most serious penalties whereas possession of Schedule VI drugs results in relatively minor reprecautions.

Schedule I drugs like lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) or heroin are considered most dangerous to users because of the propensity for them to become addicted to the drug. State regulators also content that Schedule I drugs also apparently carry no medicinal value.

What falls under the umbrella of drunk and disorderly conduct?

Public drunkenness, disturbing the peace and loitering are just some of the many different offenses that may lead to you being charged with disorderly conduct. This is one of the reasons that many legal experts refer to this type of crime as a "catch all" offense.

Essentially, any person engaging in obnoxious or otherwise disruptive behavior may be charmed with this crime, provided that no one's safety is put put in severe jeopardy because of said behavior.

A Virginia fraternity brother faces drug distribution charges

A member of George Mason University's Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity was arrested and charged with distributing the drug lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) on Wednesday, April 25. He may also be facing additional criminal charges stemming from an incident in which a fellow fraternity brother jumped five stories to his death after taking the drug.

Evidence presented to a grand jury for consideration back in January showed that one 19-year-old Annandale, Virginia, brother gave the decedent, also 19, the drug three days before he jumped to his death from his dorm window this past September.

Can I clear my DUI record in Virginia?

Getting a DUI is never an ideal situation for your driver's license record. However, despite the disastrous consequences that it can have on your life, DUIs are quite frequently given out, and it could be argued that the methods used to convict drivers of a DUI are not very accurate and dependable.

In the state of Virginia, being charged with a DUI means that you have been found to be driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher. This will likely result in the temporary revocation of your license -- often for 6 months -- and a fine.

Abusing prescription drugs during college is a mistake

There's a belief among many college students that prescription or over-the-counter medications are somehow safer to use recreationally than other substances available on unregulated markets. While it is true that these medications will have standard doses and generally won't have any adulterants that are dangerous, that doesn't mean abusing them is safe. However, many college students still misuse prescription drugs.

Using any medication in a manner that varies from how the doctor ordered it violates the terms of your prescription. Taking extra pills, sharing with other people or mixing medications with other substances can prove to be serious mistakes that have medical, legal and educational consequences for students in Virginia.

A conviction for disorderly conduct can impact your job prospects

For many Americans, competition is fierce when it comes to finding a job. The job market becomes a lot harder to navigate, though, when you have a criminal record.

One Center for American Progress study published in 2014 suggested that more than 70 million Americans at the time likely had criminal records. In many cases, a conviction on an individual's record can limit the jobs that he or she can get hired for. It's not uncommon for employers to run background checks on prospective new hires either.

What are schedule 1 drugs and why is marijuana on the list?

While many states have legalized the use of marijuana or the possession of cannabis in certain amounts for either recreational or medicinal use, it's still illegal to possess, sell, manufacture, distribute and traffic the drug on the federal level. It's because of this that if you're found with the drug, you risk being prosecuted for it. If convicted, you stand the potential of spending an extended time in jail.

From the perspective of the federal government, marijuana and cannabis are both schedule 1 drugs. Under the Drug Enforcement Agency's (DEA) classification system, there are five different schedules of drugs. Those classified as schedule 1 narcotics are those believed to have the largest potential to be abused. They also are believed to be the ones with the smallest potential medical value.

A DUI conviction can greatly impact your future job prospects

If you're arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), then it's highly probable that you'll have your driver's licensed suspended, have fines imposed and spend at least one night in jail. What you often don't hear about, however, are the long term consequences that having a DUI conviction on your record may have on future job prospects.

Anyone arrested for a DUI will immediately have their license suspended. If you regularly take a car to get to school or work, then you'll no longer be able to do so. Instead, you'll have to rely on taking a bus, walking or taking an Uber or a cab. If any of these don't pick you up and drop you off as scheduled, then you may arrive late to work. Excessive tardiness may cost you your job.

How Virginia state law defines disorderly conduct

In the state of Virginia, an individual can be arrested and charged with disorderly conduct if he or she does something that alarms, annoys or inconveniences the public. If their behavior puts others' safety at risk due to their recklessness, it may warrant being charged with this crime as well.

If you walk out onto a roadway, into a public building or other public place and threaten to violently harm someone else or direct someone else to do so, then you too may be charged with disorderly conduct under the Code of Virginia Section ยง 18.2-415.

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