Unless you have relatives or know someone in another part of Virginia, you probably don't pay much attention to the happenings in other areas of the state. But after our Leesburg readers hear about what is going on far to our south in Virginia Beach, this attitude could soon change, especially considering the fact that similar events could occur anywhere in the state.
For those who may not have heard, dozens of drunk-driving cases are being dropped in the city of Virginia Beach. Though the circumstances of each case are different, they each have one thing in common: the arresting officer. But for legal reasons, the Virginia Beach Police Department is refusing to comment on why charges are being dropped or why the arresting officer resigned suddenly.
As some of our more frequent readers know, it's not uncommon for procedural errors to result in dropped DUI charges. Many things, including an absence of probable cause or failing to read a person their Miranda rights, can result in the dismissal of DUI charges and any subsequent penalties. Whether this is the case down in Virginia Beach remains to be seen.
Put the law on your side and protect your rights
As some here in Leesburg already know, it can be difficult to determine when an officer has committed a procedural error and violated your right to due process. It can be even more difficult to argue this point to a judge if you do not have the right legal representation at your side. Remember: you do have the right to obtain a criminal defense attorney who will fight for your rights and should exert this right as soon as possible.
Source: ABC 13 News, "60 DUI cases in jeopardy after Beach police officer quits," Eric Kane, Aug. 19, 2015