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Virginia elementary principal abruptly resigns after DUI arrest

We've long suggested on our blog that the consequences of being charged in Virginia with a DUI can go well beyond the criminal penalties that one faces.  In the case of an Arlington elementary school principal it may have meant resigning from her job.

Challenge to blood-alcohol tests puts 17,000 cases in jeopardy

Though this did not occur in Virginia, one state's experience demonstrates problems that can arise when it comes to DUI cases.  Possible problems in the manner in which blood samples were tested resulted in questions about the validity of these tests in thousands of cases.

Fathers of adopted kids only have a short time to seek custody

Men in Virginia should know that it can be difficult to assert paternity over a child, if they are not married to the mother of the boy or girl. If the mother gives up the child for adoption, the father may not be told about it, so they may lose the chance to fight for child custody before they even learn they have a child.

DUI checkpoint scheduled for last Friday in Arlington

Virginia police will periodically conduct sobriety checkpoints in an effort to reportedly crackdown on drunken driving.  The procedure is simple: police will stop vehicles that are going through the checkpoint and look at the license for each driver.  If a driver is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they will then be directed to an off-roadway area where they may be subjected to a variety of tests.

The need for competent counsel in DUI cases

While many commentators have suggested that Kerry Kennedy was found not guilty of drug driving due to her family name, she credits her acquittal on that of "competent counsel."  The trial itself lasted four days.  The jury deliberations took less than an hour.

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