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Trucker charged with DUI following roll-over accident in Virginia

Most people in Virginia who operate a commercial vehicle take care to do so safely. In fact, because these big-rigs can be difficult to handle, an operator of a commercial vehicle needs to obtain a special license to operate the vehicles. Truckers can take all safety precautions possible, but accidents do occur, some of which could lead to criminal charges, including drunk driving charges.

When must a motorist use an ignition interlock device?

Virginia's drunk driving laws are very strict and have significant penalties. In addition to fines, the loss of one's driver's license and possible jail time, a person convicted of DUI will need to have an ignition interlock device installed on all vehicles they drive, except for employer-owned vehicles used only for job purposes, as long as the motorist is not self-employed. This is true even if it is a person's first offense.

What if you are stopped at a DUI checkpoint over the holidays?

Thanksgiving is a time when most Virginia residents spend time with their loved ones celebrating the good fortunes they have in life. Part of the celebration is good food and, for many, an alcoholic beverage or two. Thanksgiving is also one of the busiest travel times of the year. It may be for these reasons that in Virginia, DUI checkpoints are set up around holidays when people may be drinking.

How does driver's license suspension compare to revocation?

Maybe you are driving home from happy hour after work or a party at a friend's house when you see police lights flashing in your rear-view mirror. Before you know it, you are facing drunk driving charges. This can be a stressful time, as not only are you facing the possibility of fines or jail time, but you are also facing the loss of your driver's license. Because these penalties can have such a significant impact on your life, it is important to understand the difference between driver's license suspension and driver's license revocation in Virginia.

Sensors being developed in Virginia to detect drunk driving

Technology in automobiles is developing at a rapid rate. People in Virginia may already own vehicles that have sensors allowing them to see behind them when parking or detecting when they are swerving outside their lane. Now, a new sensor is being developed to combat a serious issue: drunk driving.

DUI checkpoints increased across Virginia through Labor Day

Summer is coming to a close in Virginia, and Labor Day is often considered the last hurrah of the season. It is also a popular time to have picnics and parties, often where alcohol is served. Most people in Virginia are responsible drinkers and are aware that drunk driving could lead to undesirable legal consequences. Therefore, they will not become intoxicated over the Labor Day weekend. However, they should still be aware that Virginia police will be increasing the number of DUI checkpoints across the state from now through Labor Day weekend.

What is an ignition interlock device and how does it work?

If you are convicted in Virginia on charges of driving while intoxicated or maiming of another resulting from driving while intoxicated, under Virginia Code §18.2-270.1, you may have to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. This is in addition to any other penalties associated with the crime you were convicted upon. This can be very detrimental in a number of ways.

Virginia law recognizes two separate drunk driving offenses

Most people in Virginia are aware that if they are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, the police may administer a chemical test, such as a breath test, to determine the driver's blood alcohol content. It is well known that if the driver's BAC measures at 0.08 percent or above, the driver can be charged with driving under the influence. However, what many people may not know is that it is possible to be convicted of a drunk driving offense even if one's blood alcohol content is below 0.08 percent.

County supervisor in Virginia accused of drunk boating

Whether it is on a lake, a river or the ocean, many people in Virginia will head out on boats this summer. However, when a person is on a speed boat, a pontoon boat or any other type of boat, they should understand that they must take care if they are consuming alcohol at the time. This is because it is possible for a person to face criminal charges for doing so, as one incident at the end of June shows.

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