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Criminal charges filed in missing co-ed case in Virginia

By now, almost everyone around the country has heard of the arrest of the man in connection with the missing University of Virginia student. The man has been charged with kidnapping with intent to defile in that case. Now, officials are potentially linking him to other criminal activities.

The man has been linked to a 2009 murder, according to Huffington Post. Some people are going as far as questioning whether the man was part of other incidents. The FBI and other law enforcement officials are going to try to determine if the man did have a part in those other crimes.

Signs of elder abuse violate Virginia laws

Many recent advances in medical science means that many of us will enjoy more time to share life experiences with our parents as the lifespans of average adults continues to increase. Sadly, the fact that people are now living longer also means that many individuals will also develop some of the mentally and physically incapacitating diseases and disorders normally associated with advanced age.

In some cases, the best option for children with parents suffering from these afflictions is to place their loved ones in a nursing home or skilled care facility. The majority of these institutions treat their patients with compassion and dignity. However, there are some such places that cut corners by hiring insufficiently trained staff members to care for the people placed in their care. Still, other nursing home facilities will attempt to save money by intentionally understaffing the number of care providers per facility residents.

Motorcyclists in Virginia: Injuries caused by reckless drivers?

Riding your motorcycle has many benefits; you feel the breeze against your skin, you get to be closer to the elements, and you spend less on fuel. Unfortunately, as a rider, you have a higher risk of being injured on the road by dangerous and neglectful drivers. As a rider, you have less protection against vehicles, and that can lead to serious, potentially life-threatening injuries if you're hit.

There are several reasons motorcyclists could be struck in the roadway. Motorists sometimes don't give them enough room on the roads, or the vehicles may strike the motorcyclist due to failing to yield to the right of way. Intersection accidents can also happen, some of which could be caused by a failure to see the motorcyclist or failing to judge the correct distance between the driver and motorcyclist.

Are all birth injuries preventable?

When you discover that your baby was injured during birth, you might wonder if the choices the medical professionals made led to those injuries. In some cases, the injuries might have been unavoidable. In other cases, the injuries could have been avoided if the medical team had made different choices. Readers in Virginia might be interested in learning the differences between avoidable and unavoidable birth injuries.

What kinds of birth injuries aren't preventable?

Some facts about Virginia law for those facing rape charges

Virginia state laws are strict against the crime of rape. Rape as it is defined by the state, happens anytime a person has sexual intercourse with another against that person's will by force, threat or intimidation against the actual victim or another person. Additionally, a rape is deemed to have occurred when one person has sexual intercourse with a victim who is mentally incapacitated, physically helpless or a child under the age of 13.

A person convicted of rape in Virginia can receive a sentence ranging anywhere between a minimum of five years in prison to life in prison.

What are the DUI charge penalties in Virginia?

The DUI law in Virginia is defined as driving under the influence by having a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher when you're over the age of 21. If you're younger than 21, a 0.02 percent or higher BAC will also result in a DUI charge. If you are a commercial driver, you can face a DUI for having a BAC of 0.04 percent, even if you aren't on the job at the time you're pulled over.

There are also several kinds of alcohol-related crimes you can be charged for. These include having open alcohol containers in your vehicle, misrepresenting your age when drinking, possessing alcohol when you're on school property (dry campuses and high schools) and buying alcohol for a person under 21.

Experience counts in medical malpractices cases

When many people think of medical malpractice, they might automatically think about very noticeable cases. Thoughts of the wrong limb being amputated might come to mind. For people who are victims of medical malpractice, the evidence might not always be so clear or profound.

Medical malpractice can come in a variety of forms, such as medical negligence, misdiagnosis, birth injuries or nursing malpractice. While some of these cases are readily noticeable, others are more subtle. The uniting factor in any type of medical malpractice case is that a patient was injured because a medical professional didn't treat the patient according to accepted standard of medical care.

How to reduce elder abuse by choosing a good nursing home

Recent advances in modern medicine has led to the improvements in our overall general health. One of the benefits of those advances is that the average American now living longer. Unfortunately, some of the diseases associated with advanced age, such as dementia, require constant supervision and care by others.

Many children with mentally incapacitated elderly parents are not equipped to provide adequate care for their loved ones. As a result, an increasing number of assisted living and skilled nursing facilities have come into the marketplace seeking to fill that gap.

Donovan Webster faces DWI charge after fatal accident

No driver ever wants to have to deal with charges of driving while intoxicated, but that is the reality some people face. No matter what the circumstances are surrounding a drunk driving charge, the fact remains that the person facing charges has the right to learn about the evidence against him and to defend himself against the charges.

A recent accident in Charlottesville, Virginia, is one that shows that nobody is immune to facing DWI charges. The accident involved Donovan Webster, the award-winning author. He was involved in an accident that killed a 75-year-old man.

Truck accident kills 1, injures 2 children in Virginia

In Virginia, one man has been pronounced dead and two children have been treated for injuries after they were involved in a multi-vehicle crash. The truck accident took place in Ashland, Virginia, on Route 1. The 41-year-old man who died in the crash was from Caroline County.

Police have reported that their preliminary investigation showed the man's vehicle stopped legally in the left southbound lane of Route 1. He was attempting to make a left turn into a business, but he was struck from behind by a 1998 Ford van in the same lane.

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