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When a person is charged with the offense of driving under the influence in Virginia, a frequently understated issue that is the possibility of other legal violations that can be alleged along with the DUI. These can compound DUI charges, result in multiple offenses being lodged and lead to a felony conviction. The punishments a person can face are substantial and they need to understand how to formulate a sound defense whether the charges are for DUI alone or for DUI and other criminal acts.

In an overnight arrest, a 64-year-old man was arrested on numerous charges including DUI, breath test refusal, and for swinging a hatchet at people. At approximately 2:20 a.m., a law enforcement officer investigated reports of a vehicle that was driving in an erratic manner and coming close to hitting pedestrians.

Prior to police arrival, the vehicle went into a parking area and the driver was approached by three people who made the mistake of believing that the vehicle was a car service they had called. The driver was not wearing any clothes.

He subsequently got the hatchet from his vehicle and began swinging it at the people. No one was hurt and they took the weapon from him. The man tried to escape and was stopped by police. He refused to take a sobriety test and was arrested for DUI and other charges.

Drivers who are arrested for DUI will be confronted with hefty fines, the potential loss of driving privileges and even jail time. If there are other acts that occur along with the DUI, the charges can be multiplied. Alleged acts of violence can lead to a long jail sentence that will make the DUI sentence pale in comparison. Those who are dealing with this need to know what they are up against and make sure that they have a defense that is appropriate from the time they are arrested all the way through the process.

Source: Washington Post, "Naked Virginia man swings hatchet after being mistaken for Uber driver, police say," Justin Wm. Moyer, June 13, 2016

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