When a person in Virginia goes to the liquor store to buy alcoholic beverages, they may put these beverages in the passenger area of their car with no intent of consuming them until they get home. Other times, they may have been to a restaurant where they purchased a bottle of wine, but since they didn't finish it, they decided to take it home. Or, perhaps they brought some alcoholic beverages to a party, but had some of the beverages left over when the party ended, so they put the beverages in their vehicle to take home. In all of these cases, a motorist should make sure these beverages are not open or they could, under certain circumstances, be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
Being a teacher is a very respected occupation. Parents across Virginia put great faith in those tasked with educating their children. After all, having a good education as a child can pave the way to great success throughout the child's lifetime. However, if a teacher is accused of a crime, it could affect both their professional career as well as their personal life.
Most people who know they're going to a place where they'll be drinking alcohol will have some sort of plan for getting home safely. Of course, drinking in moderation, or not at all, and making sure you are sober when it's time to leave is an option that many people decide is right for them. After all, it is possible to have just one drink with a meal and not become drunk in the slightest. Unfortunately, police in Virginia are always on the lookout for those they think are driving under the influence, and they will not hesitate to pull someone over based on that suspicion.
When drivers in Virginia are accused of drunk driving, they may rightfully be concerned about what their future holds. After all, there are numerous, undesirable consequences that follow a DUI conviction. One of these is the mandatory use of an ignition interlock device.
A previous post on this blog talked about what could happen to a Leesburg, Virginia, resident if he or she refuses to take an official breath or blood test after an officer conducts a valid DUI stop and asks them to take this test. Basically, a person can wind up with a very lengthy license suspension, even if he or she ultimately does not get convicted of or even wind up facing drunk driving charges.
People in Virginia may see an increased presence of police officers patrolling the roads this holiday season. After all, it is a time of year for celebrations where some people will choose to have an alcoholic drink or two. However, overzealous officers will be eager to snare people they believe are drunk driving, which may result in false accusations and the trampling of your legal rights.
Being pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving in Virginia can be intimidating. People may be nervous when performing field sobriety tests, even if they are sober. Moreover, they may be concerned about what their future will bring if they fail a breath test. Therefore, a person accused of driving under the influence may be tempted to refuse to take a breath test. However, they should be aware that there are consequences for doing so.
While of course people in Virginia can enjoy a beer, glass of wine or cocktail any time of the year, the autumn and winter holidays are ripe with the tradition of including alcohol in their celebrations. Most of the time people are responsible when they drink. Of course, even responsible drinkers could be pulled over by police while driving, even if their blood-alcohol content is below the legal limit. However, in order to determine whether or not a driver's blood-alcohol content is above the legal limit, a breath or blood test must be performed.
Several times a year, often around holidays, police in Virginia set up "sobriety checkpoints." At these checkpoints, police will stop a certain percentage of motorists (such as every sixth motorist). At these stops, police will look for signs of drunk driving. Usually sobriety checkpoint locations are determined based on statistics regarding accidents and arrests, in addition to considering the safety of both drivers and police. For example, while it may not be safe to set up a checkpoint on a highway, it may be safe enough to set up a checkpoint on an on-ramp.
This Labor Day weekend, Virginia residents are going to celebrate summer's last hurrah. They're going to go to barbecues, to the beach and to block parties. In the end, the three-day weekend is a much-needed time to relax with friends and family.