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Will Taco Bell Cantinas be reason for concern in Virginia?

If you like to follow the news like we do, then you may have already heard about Taco Bell's new restaurant in Chicago, Illinois, that offers a unique menu item: alcohol. The first of its kind in the world, the Taco Bell Cantina offers fast-food eaters a chance to enjoy a glass of wine or beer with their meal. For those willing to pay the additional cost, spirits such as tequila or rum may also be added to a beverage such as the restaurant's signature slushees.

DUI checkpoints in Virginia: should they continue? - Part II

Last week, as some of our more frequent readers know, we touched on sobriety checkpoints and whether they are legal or not in Virginia. Because that post was intended to be part of a two-part series, we'd like to continue our discussion about DUI checkpoints today by looking at the opposing viewpoints on these types of traffic stops from those who support their use to those who believe they are against each person's constitutional rights.

DUI checkpoints in Virginia: are they allowed? - Part I

Because each state in the United States has the right to write and enforce its own laws, it can be difficult for people to know when they are receiving general legal information and when the information pertains to the particular state in which they live. To illustrate this point, we'd like today's readers to consider sobriety checkpoints.

Dozens of DUI cases dropped in Virginia Beach, reasons unknown

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.

Out-of-state case shows how warrantless searches violate rights

If you're a regular visitor to our blog, then you may have come across our post last month concerning the issue of warrantless searches. As we explained in the post, our laws try to protect the rights of Virginia residents by making it illegal for police to enter a person's property, search a person's body or draw blood without first presenting a valid warrant. Any violation of this law can spell trouble for an investigation, particularly the evidence being used to convict a person of a crime.

The use of search warrants in Virginia drunk-driving cases

Most people, whether they've had a run in with the law or not, know that our legal system is incredibly complex. Filled with thousands of statutes and regulations spanning across state and federal jurisdiction lines, it's not always easy to keep everything straight or know when you are violating the law.

Can asthma affect your ability to use ignition interlocks?

It's not often that we ask our Virginia readers to consider criminal cases in other states. That's because, as you're probably already be aware, each state has the authority to enforce its own laws. This means that what applies in one state may not necessarily apply in another.

Self-driving cars and the unique problem they create for DUI laws

The discussion regarding self-driving cars has taken a shift in the last few years. No longer are people asking if they will become a reality. Now people are wondering when they will become a reality. This is thanks in part to the push from Google to develop and test the first self-driving car on actual streets, which is a technological achievement some of our Leesburg readers may be quite excited about.

Things you may not know about Virginia's DUI laws

If there are two things that just about everyone knows about drunk-driving charges it's 1.) a BAC of .08 or higher is illegal here in Virginia, and 2.) multiple DUI convictions can lead to felony charges of worsening severity.

Planning summer parties? Do your part to prevent drunk driving

Virginia has some of the toughest DUI laws in the nation, including membership in a regional strike force that holds sobriety checkpoints every week. What we don't have in our drunk-driving laws is a process for holding alcohol providers financially responsible for negligence when the people they serve go out and injure others in drunk-driving accidents.

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