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Drunk in Public, Fairfax Virginia

Public cursing (i.e., swearing in public) and public intoxication (i.e., drunk in public) are both prohibited by Virginia law. Police officers rarely charge citizens with swearing in public, but charges of public intoxication are fairly routine. The Statute: § 18.2-388 of the Virginia Code If any person profanely curses or swears or is intoxicated in public, whether such intoxication results from alcohol, narcotic drug or other intoxicant or drug of whatever nature, he shall be deemed guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor. In any area in which there is locatedRead More …


Felony Larceny of Girl Scout Cookies

The Lexington Herald-Leader is reporting that a Kentucky woman was recently indicted for felony larceny of $15,000.00 worth of Girl Scout cookies. It appears that the woman was the troop leader for the Wilderness Road Chapter of the Girl Scouts. She went down to the cookie pickup point and picked up the chapter’s cookies on February 1st. The woman did not pay for the cookies or deliver them to the girl scouts. It’s unclear what happened to the cookies, but the grand jury indicted her for felony unlawful taking. InRead More …


Virginia DWI – How will the state prove its case?

A Virginia DWI or Driving while intoxicated (DWI)–more commonly known as drunk driving–is a serious criminal offense. Although some states make a distinction between driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated, Virginia is not one of them. The Virginia DWI Statute In Virginia, the crime is driving while intoxicated. The law can be found at § 18.2-266 of the Virginia Code. It lays out five separate ways that the prosecutor can prove someone is guilty of a Virginia DWI. In plain English, it is illegal in Virginia toRead More …