As we have pointed out time and again on our blog, driving while intoxicated is considered a serious crime here in Virginia. Most people not only find an arrest embarrassing, it can also lead to serious charges that could lead to jail time, steep fines and the possibility of losing your license.
Back in July, a major issue was brought to the attention of the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the practice of suspending driver's licenses here in Virginia. According to a lawsuit filed on behalf of roughly 1 million Virginians, police in our state have been suspending and even revoking residents' driver's licenses simply because they were unable to pay fines or court fees.
In pairing with scientific research, some states have made historic changes to their criminal codes and have decriminalized and regulated marijuana within their jurisdictions. Now with groups like the Virginia National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and Smoke the Vote pushing for legalization of the drug in our state, some are starting to wonder if Virginia could follow suit in coming years.
If you are a commercial driver, you probably appreciate your driving privileges a lot more than most. That's because your commercial driver's license is more than just a way for you to get around, it gives you access to a source of income. Without it, you wouldn't be able to do your job legally, which could mean losing your job and your financial support.
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.
Did you know that Virginia has the third largest state-maintained highway system in the United States? With more than 57,000 miles of roadway, it'd be unrealistic to expect that any single driver knows every mile. It's because of this fact that a majority of drivers drive slower than normal in areas they are less familiar with. But can driving slowly in an area actually lead to a traffic stop? Let's take a look.
Close followers of our blog know that we like to warn our Leesburg readers about all of the potential consequences that come with drunk-driving charges in our state. Just last week, in the first post of our two-part series, we talked about the legal consequences of vehicular homicide, particularly what could happen in the criminal justice system for those convicted of the crime. But as we explained at the end of that post, criminal litigation is not the only legal consequence that can come with a vehicular homicide case.
Frequent readers of our blog are well aware of the consequences of drinking and driving, having likely read a number of our posts concerning the topic. But it's not just something our readers are aware of, it's something few people in our state need reminding of as well, thanks to state and national campaigns aimed at curbing drunk driving.
Last week, as some of our more frequent readers know, we touched on sobriety checkpoints and whether they are legal or not in Virginia. Because that post was intended to be part of a two-part series, we'd like to continue our discussion about DUI checkpoints today by looking at the opposing viewpoints on these types of traffic stops from those who support their use to those who believe they are against each person's constitutional rights.