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No fun: a Virginia DUI charge

Fun is like art: you know when you see it. For some, Picasso made great art and for them, watching Leesburg High games is great fun. For others, Taylor Swift’s music combines artistry and fun. We raised this fun subject because we want to share “fun facts” from the Alcohol: Problems and Solutions website.

A fun fact about Virginia: one-time resident (and President) George Washington was reputedly “the largest distiller of whiskey in the new American nation during the late 1700s.” His Mount Vernon distillery turned a profit of $7,500 in 1798. 

What we all know is that a Virginia DUI today is no fun whatsoever. It means a defendant must deal with the possibility of substantial fines, a driver’s license revocation of up to a year – and possibly even jail time. And that’s all for a first offense. The punishments are substantially stiffened for subsequent offenses.

For a moment, though, let’s return to the fun with some legal oddities culled from the previously mentioned website:

  • In Wisconsin, if a person under the age of 21 is married to a person 21 years old or above, the younger spouse can drink with the older spouse. However, the conjugal consumption has been challenged by at least one lawmaker.
  • In Utah, people who participate in wine tastings are not allowed to swallow the wine.
  • In Texas, there are still more than 70 “dry” counties (counties in which alcohol cannot be sold). Yet the county in Texas with the highest percentage of underage DUI drivers is a “dry” county.

For those facing a DUI charge right here in the Commonwealth, it’s time to put fun on hold while you deal with the very serious legal charge pending against you. An experienced attorney can help you understand the legal options available to you.

Source: Alcohol: Problems and Solutions, “Fun Facts,” accessed Oct. 17, 2014

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