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Virginia Man arrested for unruly behavior and DUI

If you are facing a DUI charge, that may not be the only charge you face, depending on your past record, interaction with the police officers, and status of your license. A Virginia man faces multiple charges after allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.

What happens during a DWI arraignment?

Facing drunk driving charges in Virginia can be scary, particularly if it is the first time you have been charged with a crime. If you are facing DWI charges, you will need to pay special attention to the arraignment process, as it will typically be your first time appearing in court for your case.

Virginia driver charged with DUI following interstate accident

While most people in Virginia will not drive after having consumed too much alcohol, that doesn't mean that police won't be on the lookout for those they believe are drunk driving. Facing drunk driving charges can be a serious situation, as one recent incident shows.

Defending against DUI charges

Virginia has some of the strictest drunk driving laws in the country. A DUI conviction can result in jail time, hefty fines, license suspension, alcohol treatment programs and other serious consequences. That is why it is so important to do everything you can to defend yourself against these charges. With the help of a qualified criminal defense attorney, you may be able to use one or more of the following defenses to protect yourself.

Senate passes bill legalizing drunk driving on private property

Driving under the influence of alcohol can result in drunk driving charges. If you are convicted of a DUI, you may lose your license, as well as face jail time, probation and fines. However, according to a bill recently passed in the Virginia Senate, you may be legally allowed to drive while intoxicated on your own property.

What happens if I refuse to take a Breathalyzer test?

Many DUI cases rest on the results of the driver's Breathalyzer test. If the Breathalyzer test determines that a driver's blood alcohol concentration is above the legal limit of .08, the prosecution may have a much easier time proving that the driver is guilty of a DUI. Because of this, many drivers wonder whether they can simply refuse to take the test. The short answer to this is, yes, but there will be serious consequences.

Virginia man charged with DUI after accident fatality

While all DUIs can result in serious legal consequences, a driver facing a DUI after a fatal accident has a lot more on the line. If a driver is convicted of driving under the influence after their involvement in a fatal accident, they may face charges of involuntary manslaughter or vehicular homicide. The penalties may include extended jail time, license revocation, fines and the installation of an ignition interlock device in their vehicle when their license is reinstated. In Virginia, a conviction for vehicular homicide while driving under the influence results in a mandatory prison sentence of three years.

Sobriety checkpoint in Fairfax County could result in DUI charge

Fairfax county patrol are always on the lookout for law-breakers and illegal behavior. However, once in a while, the police makes their intentions known to those in the community. One of those such times where local authorities announce their plans for a sobriety checkpoint in Fairfax County, one of which occurred over the past weekend. A sobriety checkpoint is different from a regular traffic stop and is subject to its own rules and regulations to ensure lawful search and seizure.

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