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Woman faces drunk driving charges following Virginia accident

Alcohol, when consumed in moderation, certainly can help a person to loosen up in a social situation or to take a break from everyday anxieties. However, when a person drinks too much alcohol, he or she can quickly become inebriated. Legal consequences can result from just one decision to drink and drive. Nevertheless, a person who is facing drunk driving charges has the right to defend himself or herself and cannot be described as guilty if this guilt is not established in accordance with the strict legal standards in Virginia.

One woman is in this scenario after being involved in a vehicle accident. The crash occurred when the 38-year-old woman was driving a sport utility vehicle and ran over a stop sign. Police said she also ran over a fire hydrant and ended up collided with the corner of a home in the neighborhood.

The woman who was driving the sport utility vehicle was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Her other criminal charge was reckless driving. Her bond was set at $2,500.

Drunk driving charges may result in jail time or in other consequences such as the suspension of a license if a person is found guilty of driving while under the influence of alcohol. The problems that these charges cause can last for years, preventing the person from being able to land a job in a certain field or even having trouble with renting a vehicle. This is one reason why drunk driving charges must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt in a Virginia criminal court. The person who has been charged is entitled to the same legal rights that protect every individual charged with criminal conduct in our state.

Source:, Woman jailed after SUV hits house, Portsia Smith, Dec. 31, 2013

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