Drivers are legally driving under the influence if they are behind the wheel of a motor vehicle or watercraft with a blood-alcohol concentration of at least .08 percent. Drivers might also be considered DUI if their ability is impaired to maneuver a vehicle or watercraft, whether or not their BAC results are at least .08 percent. Drivers under the influence of drugs could face identical consequences.
Virginia Beach police allege that a city official was under the influence of alcohol when he was pulled over for having a broken taillight on the evening of Sept. 25. In addition to a DUI charge, the 73-year-old official is facing a count of refusing to submit to toxicology testing. He is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 31.
Virginia State Police report that a man died after a car accident on Interstate 64 that allegedly involved a driver suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. The crash happened in the eastbound lanes of the highway at about 8 p.m. on July 10.
Virginians know how dangerous drunk driving is and how easily it can lead to injury, death and destruction of property. Drivers who are pulled over by law enforcement officers on suspicion of driving under the influence can face charges that could have serious consequences, such as incarceration, fines, a suspended license and higher insurance premiums.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is among the most common traffic offenses in Virginia. Conviction on drunken-driving charges has serious consequences that may include a prison sentence and heavy fines among other penalties. Even if a driver is not obviously intoxicated, authorities can charge a driver with DUI based on their observations at the scene.
Virginians know that drinking and driving is a bad combination. The state's laws against drunken driving have substantial bite as legislators and law enforcement officers want to do whatever they can to prevent accidents that result from such dangerous behavior.
Quite simply, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs threatens public safety. For that reason, law enforcement organizations and various civic groups in Virginia are committed to finding DUI offenders and getting them off the road. Ironically, a well-known local crusader against substance abuse was arrested after driving under the influence.
Allegations of driving under the influence can be quite serious, wreaking havoc on an accused individual's life. DUI charges not only threaten an individual's freedom and ability to drive, but they can have a ripple effect that impacts the accused individual's reputation, job and personal life. For this reason, those facing DUI charges should fight to protect their rights and the well-being of their life.
An attorney from Ashburn, Virginia was recently charged in the drunk driving-related deaths of a couple on their motorcycle. It is alleged that the attorney struck the couple with his BMW Sedan while they were riding on their motorcycle less than a mile from their home. The attorney faces DUI charges and aggravated involuntary manslaughter charges. The lawyer was allegedly turning into a shopping center from the road and accidentally struck the couple's motorcycle. A Breathalyzer test showed that the attorney had more than twice the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit, and officers at the scene observed slurred speech, a heavy odor of alcohol, a disheveled appearance, and an unsteady walk. The lawyer had a previous DUI arrest that was later pleaded to a lesser charge, where his driver's license was restricted for six months. The couple were motorcycle enthusiasts, and were members of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club. They had been married for almost seven years at the time of the accident.