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As temps rise, so does chance of pedestrian accidents

Cherry blossoms are blooming, kids are on break and Northern Virginia residents who have been cooped up over the winter are coming out of hibernation. These are all good things, but the resurgence of mild weather and active men, women and children also presents at least one concern.

During the spring more so than in the winter, motor vehicles and pedestrians regularly share the roadways. Biking and walking outdoors make for good exercise, happy family times and even saved money for those who commute to work by foot or bicycle. This list of pedestrian pros, however, is offset when so many pedestrian accidents occur every year.

As temps rise, so does chance of pedestrian accidents

Cherry blossoms are blooming, kids are on break and Northern Virginia residents who have been cooped up over the winter are coming out of hibernation. These are all good things, but the resurgence of mild weather and active men, women and children also presents at least one concern.

During the spring more so than in the winter, motor vehicles and pedestrians regularly share the roadways. Biking and walking outdoors make for good exercise, happy family times and even saved money for those who commute to work by foot or bicycle. This list of pedestrian pros, however, is offset when so many pedestrian accidents occur every year.

7 things to do after a slip-and-fall accident

Many people roll their eyes at reports of slip-and-fall accidents, but the simple truth is that these accidents can be extremely serious. A fall could lead to broken bones, muscle strains or tears or traumatic brain injuries. The pain and suffering can last for years.

Property owners must take reasonable steps to protect the health and safety of visitors. When they fail, you deserve compensation to help afford the medical treatment and lost wages that come with your injury. To protect your claim, there are several important steps you must take as soon as possible after your accident.

Teen posing as doctor accused of theft & property crimes

Some Virginia readers may recall a high profile case in 2015 in which a teenager was accused of posing as a physician. The young man was found walking through the halls of a hospital wearing a lab coat and a stethoscope. Although the incident led to national media coverage, he was not charged in that matter. The same young man was recently arrested in Virginia and is accused of various theft & property crimes, including identity theft.

Authorities allege that the 19-year-old man committed identity theft by taking actions to obtain money and credit under false pretenses. He has been charged in the matter and faces additional charges in another state. According to investigators, he provided false information to a car dealer in an attempt to purchase a vehicle. He allegedly told the dealer that an elderly woman who was with him planned to co-sign for an auto loan.

Shooting leads to juvenile crimes charges for 1 teen

A violent incident has led to criminal charges for four young men in Manassas, Virginia. One of the young men is only 17 years of age, yet faces serious juvenile crimes charges. As he prepares his defense in the matter, he faces grave potential ramifications if a conviction is obtained against him.

The incident took place on a recent Wednesday. The 17-year-old was with another young man walking through a wooded area when they encountered two teenage boys. A physical struggle followed, and the older man allegedly struck one of the victims and shot the other. The other two men were in a car parked nearby, and all four left the scene.

Can I expunge my arrest?

If you are arrested and never actually convicted of the crime, you may be surprised to learn that the arrest will stay on your record well into your future. That arrest will also remain as publically accessible information, which means it may show up on background checks. Even without a conviction, you could still find it hard to get a job, housing or financial aid.

Virginia law, however, does allow you the chance to get a clean slate, through a process known as expungement. Most states have different processes for expunging an arrest or conviction. Here in Virginia, you cannot expunge a conviction from your record.

Man facing federal crimes charges connected to prostitution

A Virginia man is facing serious charges after authorities claim he was involved in the prostitution of a minor. The 20-year-old is a resident of Virginia Beach. He was arrested after allegedly interacting with an undercover police officer who was posing as someone who was shopping online for sexual encounters. He now faces serious federal crimes charges in connection with the incident.

According to police, the young man was forcing an underage girl to engage in prostitution. The acts were allegedly advertised through Backpage, a website that allows users to post international classified ads seeking a wide range of services, not all of which are legal. The minor told authorities that the man had set up other appointments for her to engage in acts of prostitution, or to rob the individual who showed up for those appointments.

DUI charges just the beginning for Virginia man

A fatal auto accident recently took place on a Campbell County road. That tragic event has led to a number of devastating outcomes for multiple families. One man has been charged with DUI in connection with the accident, and could face additional charges in the weeks ahead. Virginia State Police are continuing to investigate the accident.

The crash took place near rush-hour on a recent Friday. A man driving a Toyota Highlander was traveling on Route 501. It is reported that the driver attempted to pass another vehicle when he encountered a Honda Odyssey that was traveling in the opposite direction. As a result, a head-on collision took place.

Why talking to the police cannot help you

It is a frustrating misconception that you can talk your way out of any situation with the police. In fact, most people who believe they can do this actively end up hurting themselves before police even arrest them.

If the police want to question you, it is legal here in Virginia and throughout the country to decline and say that you would like to speak with an attorney. It is the most crucial step you can take to protect your rights and best interests.

Drug charges filed after raid in Virginia

The captain of a sheriff's department in Virginia said a SWAT team's assistance was employed in a recent drug-related operation. The captain stated he believed it was necessary due to certain projected risks associated with a suspected drug ring the department was attempting to infiltrate. It all went down when SWAT members made a surprise visit to a home in Spotsylvania County. Drug charges were later filed.

It was during late night hours on a recent Thursday when the raid transpired. When officers stormed the residence, there were reportedly several firearms in plain sight. The specialized team say they seized multiple ounces of heroin, $4,000 cash, at least a dozen guns and several vehicles.

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