We all make mistakes. It's something we often say on our blog because we understand that no one is perfect and, try as we all might, sometimes our best efforts can end in mistakes we wish we could take back.
No matter where you stand on the issue, everyone can agree that drinking and driving is a problem in our country. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 30 people die every day in the United States in a drunk driving crash. These staggering statistics have left legislators scrambling to find quickly executable solutions. Many times, these solutions include serious penalties for those who drive intoxicated and even stiffer penalties for those who are convicted of repeat DUIs.
There are few things worse than that sinking feeling you get when a police officer charges you with committing a crime. In that moment, you know that your life could change forever, especially if you don't think quickly and obtain legal counsel right away after getting arrested.
The discussion regarding self-driving cars has taken a shift in the last few years. No longer are people asking if they will become a reality. Now people are wondering when they will become a reality. This is thanks in part to the push from Google to develop and test the first self-driving car on actual streets, which is a technological achievement some of our Leesburg readers may be quite excited about.
If there are two things that just about everyone knows about drunk-driving charges it's 1.) a BAC of .08 or higher is illegal here in Virginia, and 2.) multiple DUI convictions can lead to felony charges of worsening severity.
Most people who live here in Virginia know that the courts in our state take drunk driving very seriously. From fines to imprisonment, a person convicted of driving while under the influence of alcohol faces a challenging road ahead because not only will that conviction stay on their criminal record, it can actually cause further legal problems down the road.
For decades, states across the nation have been trying to figure out the best way to handle intoxicated driving. As a result, Virginia and most other states have passed laws making DUI a felony in certain situations, but what's considered a felony varies. In Virginia, there are essentially four situations in which a DUI-related offense could be charged as a felony:
Virginia is known for being one of the states with the strictest drunk driving laws in the country. This is important to keep in mind if you are facing your first ever drunk driving charge or if this is your second or third. You will want to know what you are up against when looking for a criminal defense attorney.
They say that with three strikes, you're out. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, that phrase applies not only to baseball but can be applied to some DUIs as well.
A Virginia judge approved the settlement of a wrongful death claim against a woman who is serving jail time for the deaths of two men. The woman had been convicted of felony DUI after hitting the car in which the two men were traveling with her own vehicle as she was driving after drinking. The woman is serving a sentence of 49 months in a women's correctional facility for her felony DUI and manslaughter convictions.