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Drivers in Virginia who are accused of heading out on the road after drinking or using drugs need to understand the possibility that there will be an accident and they will be confronted with charges of driving while intoxicated. conviction on drunk driving charges or driving under the influence of drugs will yield serious penalties that can include a loss of driving privileges, hefty fines and even jail time. This is why one of the key decisions that a person who is charged with DUI must make is to formulate a strong legal defense.

Take, for example, an early morning accident that happened shortly before 5 a.m. and led to a fatality... A man driving a 2016 Toyota Tundra had a head-on crash with a 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan after driving in the wrong lane on the road. The 59-year-old driver of the Volkswagen was killed. The 31-year-old driver of the Toyota was not hurt. The man was charged with DUI as well as involuntary manslaughter.

Driving while intoxicated is treated very seriously. This is especially true when there are injuries and fatalities. Depending on the circumstances, the punishments a driver will deal with after a DUI conviction can severely affect the individual and his or her family forever. Although the mere mentioning of "DUI" elicits anger and an immediate reaction, that does not automatically mean that the person accused of it should simply accept the charges and accompanying penalties without trying to lodge a strong defense.

Given the long-term issues a person can face personally, educationally, financially and professionally, it is important to wage an aggressive legal defense. Perhaps the breath test was inaccurate. It might be that there is a legitimate medical reason for the driver to have appeared to have been under the influence when her or she really was not. All of these avenues must be explored as the case moves forward. With this in mind, it is imperative for a person facing drunk driving charges to try and avoid the consequences of a conviction with help from an experienced lawyer.

Source:, "Christopher Diehl charged in fatal I-81 crash," Terry Ward, June 27, 2016

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