February 2018 Archives

Aggressive, public behaviors are considered disturbing the peace

Disturbing the peace is one of many different types of criminal offenses that falls under the umbrella of disorderly conduct. The types of actions an individual may take that would be considered to disturb the peace are quite broad in scope. They include any disruptive behaviors that can impact another's ability to enjoy peace and quiet or to conduct their everyday personal or business affairs.

Guilty pleas are entered in Christiansburg fake prescription case

A federal judge accepted the guilty pleas of at least 10 different members of a Maryland Oxycodone drug ring on Friday, Feb. 9. They'd been accused of having passed falsified prescriptions at the Christiansburg Kroger store and other pharmacies throughout Lynchburg, Roanoke and Blacksburg.

The 3 ways a marijuana possession conviction ruins your life

Social attitudes about marijuana have shifted drastically in the last decade. While admitting to marijuana use was once a social taboo, these days it's become far more common. As more states move to legalize the drug for medical and recreational use, many people, especially young people, are more open about their use. That can prove to be a serious mistake.

Why and how are drugs being divided up into schedules?

When President Nixon signed the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) into law in 1970, it made it where what used to be in excess of 200 different drug laws were now combined under a single federal statute instead. The CSA is perhaps most well-known among law enforcement, prosecutors and judges for the way it classifies different types of drugs into five different categories, each of which is known as a "Schedule".

Can you turn around or refuse field testing at a DUI checkpoint?

You may have played out in your mind what would happen if you came across a driving under the influence (DUI) checkpoint one of those nights after you'd consumed a few too many drinks. You may have even wondered what would happen if you came up to one and decided to either turn around or to refuse a breath test.

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