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Virginia sees fewer drunk driving fatalities than other states

Most people in Virginia are responsible when it comes to not driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. They understand that drunk driving is a crime, and therefore avoid doing it. They may ride with a designated driver, hail a taxi or simply stay where they are if possible while they sober up. This may be reflected in new data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stating that Virginia ranks among one of the areas of the United States with the fewest drunk driving fatalities.

We can help Virginians with state or federal drug charges

A resident of Fairfax, Virginia never wants to be facing a drug charge in either state or federal court or even see a son, daughter or other family member having to go through such an ordeal. All drug charges should be taken seriously, since they all carry with them the possibility of jail or prison, fines, license suspensions and strict terms of probations including mandatory counseling at a citizen's personal expense.

Virginia police need reasonable suspicion to stop a car for DWI

Under the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Terry v. Ohio, a Virginia police officer can generally stop an individual for questioning, or pull a vehicle over, only if the officer has a reasonable suspicion a crime may have been committed. This means that with the notable exception of random DWI/DUI checkpoints, an officer cannot stop a car to check whether the driver is intoxicated unless the officer can articulate a reasonable suspicion of illegal activity.

What are the penalties for manslaughter after a boat OWI charge?

With the approach of the warm weather months in Virginia, many people will choose to spend time on the water and partake in boating. Part of enjoying days out in this manner might include the consumption of alcoholic beverages. There is nothing wrong with that unless the operator of the boat decides to drink as well. Similar to operating a car or truck after drinking, people who are charged with operating under the influence in a watercraft will face harsh punishments if there is a conviction. If the operator unintentionally causes the death of another while under the influence, there can be a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

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