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What you ingest may impact a breath test

When an officer conducts a traffic stop, he or she is constantly looking for signs of intoxication. If the officer requests a breath test and roadside testing, the driver will likely consent, especially if he or she is confident the results turn out negative. But,...

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What is a close-in-age exemption?

The general definition of statutory rape involves having sexual contact with an individual who is under the age of consent. The age of consent is different depending on what state you are in. In Virginia, the age of consent is 18. This means that a person over the age...

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Why should you know about consent?

Facing unfounded charges of sexual violence can have detrimental effects on the remainder of your life. Even if the courts reverse their decision, the damage to your reputation could remain permanently. Sexual consent means both parties agree to all activities....

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A look at DUI penalties in Virginia

A person found guilty of a DUI in Virginia faces a complex range of possible consequences. The actual sentencing depends upon several factors, most relating to the individual's driving record and the level of intoxication. The age of the convicted person does not...

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