A 21-year-old Virginia man was arrested after police allegedly found four individual "shake and bake" containers in the man's car. Police commonly use that term to describe a newer, one-pot version of making methamphetamines (meth). The ingredients are turned upside down in a canister to create the chemical reaction required to make the drug. The man was charged with the drug crimes of manufacturing meth, along with possession of ingredients that are claimed to be required to make the drug.
A 17-year-old Virginia teenager was convicted of two counts of aggravated involuntary manslaughter and drunk driving after his involvement in a fatal accident. The incident happened just after 2 a.m., on a Saturday in March 2011. Police say after drinking shots of tequila, the boy got behind the wheel of his father's GMC Yukon to meet his girlfriend.
DUI penalties in Virginia are more severe when the person accused has previously been convicted of a DUI. However, in the eyes of the law the individual is prosecuted as a first-time offender unless and until he is actually convicted of a DUI from the previous arrests.
A tragic weapons charge was just filed against a 10-year-old Virginia boy, the result of an accidental shooting in his Radford home on August 12. The shooting incident has led to the death of his 14-year-old sister. The boy had earlier heard of a local hunt for a man wanted for burglaries, robberies, and the burning of a building. Scared, he tried to unlock his father's gun cabinet, found a key and finally succeeded in getting a gun. His intention was said to have been to protect himself and his older sister. Police believe the shooting was an accident, but they have still charged the boy with the weapons charge of reckless handling of a handgun, a misdemeanor.
Drug possession and drug crimes in general are treated very seriously in Virginia. However, not every arrest for a drug offense results in a conviction. Sometimes the police are mistaken, and sometimes in the course of a drug crimes investigation, the legal rights of the persons accused are violated. Our judicial system guarantees that each and every individual accused of committing a crime is innocent until proven guilty.