We all make mistakes. It's something we often say on our blog because we understand that no one is perfect and, try as we all might, sometimes our best efforts can end in mistakes we wish we could take back.
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.
Most people who live here in Virginia know that the courts in our state take drunk driving very seriously. From fines to imprisonment, a person convicted of driving while under the influence of alcohol faces a challenging road ahead because not only will that conviction stay on their criminal record, it can actually cause further legal problems down the road.
For decades, states across the nation have been trying to figure out the best way to handle intoxicated driving. As a result, Virginia and most other states have passed laws making DUI a felony in certain situations, but what's considered a felony varies. In Virginia, there are essentially four situations in which a DUI-related offense could be charged as a felony:
They say that with three strikes, you're out. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, that phrase applies not only to baseball but can be applied to some DUIs as well.
A Virginia judge approved the settlement of a wrongful death claim against a woman who is serving jail time for the deaths of two men. The woman had been convicted of felony DUI after hitting the car in which the two men were traveling with her own vehicle as she was driving after drinking. The woman is serving a sentence of 49 months in a women's correctional facility for her felony DUI and manslaughter convictions.