A fatal shooting in Virginia last month has put a spotlight on the issue of self-defense.
It's shocking to a community when a person is violently killed. It is perhaps especially shocking to a smaller community like Louisa County. Residents get frightened and angry, and want to see justice done as soon as possible.
Being human, we all have human emotions and responses to our environment. Anger, frustration, and confusion are all emotions that can trigger a person to become violent. However, bringing violent acts upon another person can have legal repercussions. That's what you or a loved one might be facing if accused of a violent crime.
Most sexual acts between two adults are consensual. However, there are instances in which a sexual act occurs that a person does not consent to. These acts are illegal, and a person who commits them could be charged with sexual battery or aggravated sexual battery.
There are many circumstances that could lead to a person's death. Sometimes a person dies in an accident, after an illness or simply due to old age. Other times, however, interactions between two individuals can go south and in extreme circumstances one person is accused of killing another. When this happens, a person in Virginia could be accused of committing the violent crime of first-degree murder.
When a person in Virginia is accused of murder, it is important that they understand exactly what they are facing. This is because, of all violent crimes, homicide may be considered by many to be the most serious, and thus, the most severely punished. However, under Virginia Code, there are different degrees of murder.
Most people in Virginia will get into arguments from time to time. These arguments may take place between friends or relatives, or they may involve complete strangers. Usually, these arguments only involve words hurled at one another, and nothing more. However, other times an argument can escalate into threats of physical violence or an actual physical attack. When this happens a person in Virginia might be charged with assault or battery.
Being accused of hazing someone in connection to a fraternity, sorority or some other school club or organization is not a minor thing here in Virginia. It can lead to a college student facing major consequences.