For Virginians and people across the United States, there may be an automatic mental link between a drunk driving charge and a breath test. This is generally known to be a basic part of an investigation. After a law enforcement officer makes a traffic stop for a potential DUI, one of the foundational parts of the case will be the breath test. This is used to determine the blood-alcohol content of the driver and can be a significant piece of evidence as the case moves forward. Many, however, do not even consider the possibility that the test results could be inaccurate. Now, this issue is garnering scrutiny and could be part of a defense against DUI charges.
Most Virginians have a basic understanding of the laws related to driving under the influence. A conviction for DUI will lead to various penalties, including the possibility of jail time, fines, a driver's license suspension and more. The circumstances and outcome of the DUI incident will also impact the charges.
Commercial drivers in Virginia and across the U.S. have a responsibility to remain sober when they are on the road. Since they drive for a living, it can be problematic if they drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Law enforcement treats these violations seriously, and commercial drivers who are stopped and arrested for DUI must be cognizant of the enhanced penalties they will face if they are convicted.
Everyone who is accused of a crime deserves a defense, and that includes people who have been accused of drunk driving. With the help of a skilled defense lawyer, you can defend yourself against DUI charges, and protect your license, your freedom and your future.
In July 2012, Virginia started requiring ignition interlock devices to be installed in the cars of all people convicted of drunk driving offenses. The devices require drivers to take a breath alcohol test before they can start their cars.
Virginia has very strict laws against drunk driving and drugged driving. People convicted of DUI offenses may be subject to stiff sentences, license suspension and more. Motorists in Virginia should be aware of what constitutes DUI. This blog post will provide some basic information on DUI in the Old Dominion.
Spring is here and many people in Virginia are looking forward to being able to spend time outdoors, especially once summer rolls around. Many people will have a drink or two at a barbecue, a wedding or a holiday celebration. These people may feel safe to drive, especially if they believe that their blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) is below the legal limit. However, even if a person's BAC is below the legal limit, it may still be possible for a person to be charged with driving under the influence.
Drinking alcohol is normal for many adults in Virginia, and generally causes no harm. However, police will always be on the lookout for those they believe are driving under the influence, especially when an accident occurs.
Being pulled over by the police in Virginia can make anyone nervous, but these nerves can be amplified if the motorist is asked to perform a field sobriety test or a breath test to determine if they are driving under the influence. A DUI conviction could have significant short-term and long-term effects, and a motorist may be inclined to not submit to a breath test. They may feel it is unnecessary as they are not intoxicated, or they may be afraid of what the results will be. However, they should understand that there are consequences for refusing to take a DUI breath test.
We may take for granted our ability to drive. People drive to work, to medical appointments, to drop their kids off at school and to run errands. Some may even go so far as to say that the ability to drive is essential to their everyday life. However, if a person in Virginia is convicted of driving under the influence, they could find their ability to drive is made significantly more difficult.