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What happens if one must use an ignition interlock device?

When drivers in Virginia are accused of drunk driving, they may rightfully be concerned about what their future holds. After all, there are numerous, undesirable consequences that follow a DUI conviction. One of these is the mandatory use of an ignition interlock device.

Do I have to take field sobriety tests if asked?

A previous post on this blog talked about what could happen to a Leesburg, Virginia, resident if he or she refuses to take an official breath or blood test after an officer conducts a valid DUI stop and asks them to take this test. Basically, a person can wind up with a very lengthy license suspension, even if he or she ultimately does not get convicted of or even wind up facing drunk driving charges.

Don't face drunk driving charges alone this holiday season

People in Virginia may see an increased presence of police officers patrolling the roads this holiday season. After all, it is a time of year for celebrations where some people will choose to have an alcoholic drink or two. However, overzealous officers will be eager to snare people they believe are drunk driving, which may result in false accusations and the trampling of your legal rights.

What are the penalties for refusing a breath test in Virginia?

Being pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving in Virginia can be intimidating. People may be nervous when performing field sobriety tests, even if they are sober. Moreover, they may be concerned about what their future will bring if they fail a breath test. Therefore, a person accused of driving under the influence may be tempted to refuse to take a breath test. However, they should be aware that there are consequences for doing so.

With the privilege of driving in Virginia comes implied consent

While of course people in Virginia can enjoy a beer, glass of wine or cocktail any time of the year, the autumn and winter holidays are ripe with the tradition of including alcohol in their celebrations. Most of the time people are responsible when they drink. Of course, even responsible drinkers could be pulled over by police while driving, even if their blood-alcohol content is below the legal limit. However, in order to determine whether or not a driver's blood-alcohol content is above the legal limit, a breath or blood test must be performed.

Are sobriety checkpoints in Virginia legal?

Several times a year, often around holidays, police in Virginia set up "sobriety checkpoints." At these checkpoints, police will stop a certain percentage of motorists (such as every sixth motorist). At these stops, police will look for signs of drunk driving. Usually sobriety checkpoint locations are determined based on statistics regarding accidents and arrests, in addition to considering the safety of both drivers and police. For example, while it may not be safe to set up a checkpoint on a highway, it may be safe enough to set up a checkpoint on an on-ramp.

Motorcycle accident in Virginia Beach leads to DUI charges

It is important for all drivers in Virginia to be cognizant of other vehicles sharing the road, whether they are as small as a motorcycle or as large as a semi-truck. Care needs to be taken while driving, and most motorists take this obligation seriously. Nevertheless, accidents will happen, some of which could lead to drunk driving charges.

Trial date set for priest accused of drunk driving

It may not seem like a big deal to have a couple drinks at a friend's house, whether it is with dinner or simply as a means to bond and relax. However, sometimes a person in Virginia who operates a motor vehicle after drinking is accused of drunk driving, which could have a major impact on their future, especially if they are in a position of leadership.

New DUI laws in place for commercial drivers in Virginia

Virginia drivers should be aware of the drunk driving laws in the state and their accompanying penalties if there is a conviction for DUI. Even those who are operating their vehicles as they pass through the state should know they can face various consequences for a conviction. This is especially significant for truckers whose job it is to drive across the country carrying their loads. A new law in Virginia can affect their situation and job if they are arrested and convicted of DUI while operating a commercial vehicle.

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