Law Offices of Christie A. Leary P.C.

Fairfax • Manassas

Phone 703-359-7111
Toll Free 800-823-1127
Print Page

Fairfax/Manassas Criminal & Personal Injury Blog

When a person is charged with driving while intoxicated in Fairfax County, there is the possibility that other acts that were committed at the time will lead to increased charges. Some of these can result in harsh penalties if there is a conviction. While a DWI is a serious act, those who are charged need to understand what they're up against and prepare to lodge a strong defense to avoid long-term incarceration and other punishments that can negatively affect a person's life.

A 22-year-old man was recently arrested on numerous charges including driving while intoxicated, a felony attempt to elude a police officer, an attempt to maliciously wound the officer, two counts of felony destruction of property and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute -- also a felony. The incident began at approximately 12:40 a.m. as the officer, driving an unmarked cruiser, attempted to stop a 2006 Honda after the driver allegedly committed a traffic infraction. The driver fled and then is believed to have crashed into the officer's vehicle on purpose. After the vehicle was stopped, the driver was hospitalized with minor injuries and subsequently arrested. The officer was also injured.

Any charge related to driving while intoxicated will be taken very seriously by the state as it moves forward and prosecutes. If there are other charges linked to these charges, there can be jail time, harsh fines, a suspension of driving privileges and numerous other penalties linked to the DWI. With other charges like attempting to elude the officer, physically injure the officer and carrying drugs, a felony conviction can result in an extended jail term and significant life changes.

In this incident, a driver who was being stopped for a traffic violation is alleged to have committed numerous other criminal acts including driving under the influence and trying to injure the officer. Given the penalties faced in these types of situations, people should explore their criminal defense options. By knowing their legal rights, people may be able to avoid harsh penalties.

Source: Falls Church Patch, "Police: Cruiser Rammed During Pursuit; Suspect Apprehended," Mary Ann Barton, Feb. 4, 2015

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

email the Firm

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

View our Blog

  • Stress, anxiety, frustration, confusion, fear, pain and injury are all emotions which can play havoc on an individual following a motor vehicle accident. Few individuals have the training...
  • In your vehicle, check to ensure that you keep the following in your glove compartment: (1) Vehicle registration (2) Insurance information (3) Small notepad (4) Pen (5) Disposable Camera...
  • First, assess whether you or anyone else involved in the incident requires medical attention. Call 911 immediately if any one requires medical attention. Your health and safety and the safety of others involved in the accident is paramount.
  • In the aftermath of an accident, you will feel as if you have entered into your own personal 4 ring circus.

Read More

Review Us
Law Offices of Christie A. Leary P.C.

Fairfax Office
10505 Judicial Drive, Suite 203
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

Fairfax Office Map

Manassas Office
9300 W. Courthouse Rd., Ste 204
Manassas, VA 20110
Manassas Office Map

Attorney AT LAW


LOCAL: 703-359-7111
TOLL FREE: 800-823-1127
FAX: 703-543-5478
Email

Visa | Master Card | American Express | Discover