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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Labor Day weekend, Virginia residents are going to celebrate summer's last hurrah. They're going to go to barbecues, to the beach and to block parties. In the end, the three-day weekend is a much-needed time to relax with friends and family.
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.
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.
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.
Summer is here, and the Fourth of July is less than a week away. Americans throughout the country, including those from Leedsburg, Virginia and the surrounding area, often celebrate the summer holiday by attending parades, fireworks displays and often barbeques and picnics with family and friends. It is not uncommon during barbeques to indulge in a few hotdogs, hamburgers and one's favorite alcoholic beverages.