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.
Recently, a 29-year-old Virginia Beach man was arrested and charged in the DUI-related deaths of a 31-year-old woman and her 12-year-old daughter. In addition to the DUI charges, the man is suspected of having been under the influence of illegal drugs at the time of the accident. The police did not specify what illegal substances the driver may have been on as the lab work was still being completed.
Being suspected of drunk driving could seriously impact the driver's life. Not only are they facing potential harsh consequences, their personal and professional life could be harmed. Whether a person is convicted or not, a drunk driving charge could damage the driver's reputation.
An Eastern Shore, Virginia man who killed a Virginia state trooper in a DUI crash 10 years ago has been arrested and charged with another DUI offense. The present DUI charges stem from an incident in which the man crashed his truck while driving alone. The 65-year old apparently ran the vehicle off the road into a utility pole. He injured himself in the crash and was taken to the hospital, before he was charged with second offense DUI.
Police in Virginia Beach, Virginia recently arrested a 41-year old woman for driving under the influence after she was involved in a hit-and-run accident at a local 7/11 store. A female employee of the 7/11 was reportedly injured, and was taken to the hospital for minor injuries and subsequently released. Police tracked down the vehicle, and arrested the driver for DUI charges. The woman was also charged with hit and run and DUI refusal. The woman was taken into custody and is currently at a local correctional facility.
A 40-year old man from Norfolk, Virginia, was recently arrested for DUI and other related charges after a crash in Virginia Beach that caused the death of one person and injuries to two others. According to local law enforcement officials, the man's truck veered off to the right of the road, and went into oncoming traffic when he tried to correct the truck's trajectory. The truck collided head-on with a Ford Taurus, killing the Taurus' 84-year-old driver, and the truck was subsequently hit by a Volkswagen Beetle. The Taurus' passenger and the Beetle's driver were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. The drunk driver and his juvenile passenger were uninjured. The man is facing DUI charges in the presence of a child, as well as involuntary manslaughter and maiming. The man is currently being held in a local correctional center without bond.
Lawyers in Virginia are unsure if the Supreme Court's recent ruling in the case of Missouri v. McNeely will affect Virginia's laws regarding drunk driving. The Court ruled in that case that police must obtain a warrant before performing a blood test on a motorist pulled over for driving under the influence. Virginia has an implied consent law, which means that motorists sign a form stating that they agree to a mandatory breathalyzer test should they be arrested for DUI charges. All motorists are required to sign the form before receiving their driver's license. According to some local attorneys, more than 90 percent of drunk driving cases in Virginia involve breathalyzer tests, as law enforcement has moved away from using blood alcohol tests, because they feel that breathalyzers are more efficient for officers to use and more accurate. Since few Virginia police officers use blood tests for drunk drivers, the Supreme Court's ruling likely will not have a great effect on the state's drunk driving laws or their enforcement.