A 35-year-old Virginia Beach woman was recently arrested for driving under the influence and damaging state property after officers allegedly observed her driving recklessly on I-264. State police reported that the woman was driving the wrong-way on the interstate, and almost collided with an officer as the unit attempted to stop her vehicle. Police reportedly slowed interstate traffic, placed spike strips to slow her vehicle down and as her vehicle slowed, officers boxed her in. The woman's vehicle then reportedly collided with a trooper's vehicle, causing the vehicle to sustain damages. Fortunately, there were no injuries.
According to Virginia's Move Over Law, drivers are required to vacate the lane closest to emergency vehicles, road maintenance and utility vehicles, and tow trucks that are stopped on the road, if it is safe to do so, or slow down to a safe speed. A 21-year-old Virginia driver violated this law when she struck two police cars that were stopped to conduct a traffic stop on the highway. The driver was charged with a DUI following the accident.
Virginia drivers facing drunk driving charges should be aware of the consequences they may face if they are convicted. The consequences you face upon conviction will depend on various factors including your criminal history and the circumstances surrounding your arrest. Generally, if you have a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or higher, you will be considered legally intoxicated and be arrested for drunk driving.
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.
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.
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.
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.