Perhaps because it is a time when many people are attending parties and staying up late, but police in Virginia are often on high alert over the New Year's holiday for those who may be committing crimes, particularly drunk driving. In fact, three individuals in Loudoun County are now facing multiple criminal charges, including driving under the influence, after being arrested during the recent holiday weekend.
In one incident, after responding to a call involving a reckless driver, police arrested one of the individuals for allegedly getting into a car crash and then fleeing the scene of the accident. When police arrived, the accused reportedly tried to speed away, but ended up striking a tree. That individual was charged with DUI, hit-and-run, breath test refusal and destroying property.
In a second incident, police responded to call involving an auto accident alleging the responsible party fled the scene of the collision. Police reportedly tracked down the individual who supposedly caused the crash, and placed the individual under arrest. That individual is now facing charges of probation violation, drunk driving and felony hit-and-run.
In a third incident, an individual reportedly instigated a police chase. After being tracked down by police, that individual reportedly ran away from his vehicle on foot. Police then found the accused in an area close to his home, and arrested him. That individual is now facing charges of DUI, breath test refusal, driving with a revoked driver's license and eluding police.
When a person is facing multiple criminal charges, they may rightfully be very concerned about how these charges will affect their future. If convicted, they could face fines, incarceration and they will incur a criminal record that could affect them for years to come, even after they have served their sentence. Fortunately, anyone accused of a crime in the United States is innocent until proven guilty. A strong criminal defense strategy can be key to ensuring the accused's rights are protected.
Source: Loudoun Times-Mirror, "Two arrested for DUIs, hit and runs over holiday weekend," Jan. 3, 2018