Understanding how DUI charges are brought, and how to challenge them when necessary, is important for any accused individual to be aware of. Both breath tests and field sobriety tests may form the basis of DUI charges and there are options to challenge both that the accused individuals should be familiar with, especially if the charges the accused individual is facing are based on a field sobriety test.
Ignition interlock devices are a requirement that individuals accused of driving while under the influence may face. Because of the impact and costs associated with having an ignition interlock device on your vehicle, accused drivers facing DUI charges should be familiar with how ignition interlock devices work.
A DUI charge may be based on something as seemingly straightforward as a field sobriety test, however, there are a variety of ways a field sobriety test may be invalid so it is important for accused individuals facing DUI charges to be familiar with what those are. A strong criminal defense strategy may challenge any field sobriety test conducted so accused individuals should know how to do that.
Drunk driving charges in Virginia can result in serious penalties and consequences that can haunt the accused individual for some time to come. Because of this reality, individuals accused of a DUI should know how to properly defend themselves against the charges they are facing.
Police chases on the Interstate Highway system can often lead to multiple charges in several counties. In a recent incident on I-66, a man was ultimately charged with several counts related to drunk driving after he attempted to elude Virginia state police.
Golf carts can be familiar sights on or near golf courses but not usually on municipal streets. When golf carts stray from their usual habitats, the results can be catastrophic both for the cart and the driver. A recent accident in Smithfield demonstrates what happens when a golf cart ventures onto city streets.
When residents of Virginia elect to drive after consuming too many alcoholic beverages, they worry only about being arrested for drunk driving. They rarely consider the more serious consequences of drunk driving, such as losing control of the vehicle and causing death or serious injury to other people. In a recent case from southern Virginia, a man allegedly failed to make this calculation, and his niece was killed as a consequence.
An archaic Virginia law that is still on the books allows for a person who has been convicted of drunk driving to be deemed a "habitual drunkard." This means that the person is not permitted to possess alcohol and if they are found in possession of it -- or even merely being near it -- they can be fined up to $2,500 and spend up to 12 months in jail.
Drunk driving is a common reason why police may arrest a motorist in Virginia. Many people in Virginia already know that the legal limit for how high a motorist's blood alcohol content can be in order to charge the motorist with drunk driving is 0.08 percent. What they may not know, however, is that in Virginia a motorist can face DUI charges even if their BAC is lower than the legal limit.
It is not unusual for teenagers and young adults to dabble in risky behavior, including drinking alcohol, even if they're underage. However, just like adults, those under age 21 sometimes find themselves facing drunk driving charges. Virginia residents may wonder, however, if those under the legal drinking age will face the same penalties adults do if they are convicted of DUI.