Whatever the alleged crime, there is a crucial difference between an arrest or charge and a conviction. After all, in our country, people are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Drunk Driving Charges Archives
Opinions differ about whether a blood-alcohol content (BAC) level of .08 is the right standard for drunk driving charges. Not that long ago, the threshold in Virginia and many other states was .10. And now, federal authorities want to decrease it to .05.
Uncle Sam can be a bossy uncle. He may not have the authority to tell nephews and nieces at the state level what to do. But he can dangle the carrots and sticks of financial incentives in pursuit of what he wants.
It is no surprise that many first-time drunk driving offenders honestly did not believe they were too intoxicated to drive. In many cases, residents in Virginia faced with DUI charges recount only having a few drinks before they drove. Sometimes drivers have even registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or higher the morning after a night of drinking.
Almost anyone can have one too many drinks in a social setting and then get behind the wheel of a car. After all, alcoholic beverages are an important part of the social experience for many people. And in a mobile society that depends on cars for people to get around, there may not be many ways other than driving for people to get home after being out socializing with friends.
Prosecutors have a great deal of discretion in deciding whether to bring criminal charges. This is true off all types of charges. Before a judge even gets involved, prosecutors must decide whether to bring the case at all.
A Virginia man from Chesterfield faces drunk driving charges after crashing his car into an attached garage on a recent Saturday afternoon. While drunk driving charges are all too common, most of those accused do not have to face the repercussions of having lost control of a vehicle to such an extent that a house is rendered uninhabitable as a result. This is definitely a reminder of just what can happen when one is driving under the influence.
The Virginia State Police issued an alert recently for authorities to be on the lookout for vehicle driven by a suspected drunk driver. A Fairfax County officer patrolling Interstate 66 in response to the alert had pulled over another vehicle on a traffic violation unintentionally found the vehicle in question when it ran into the back of his patrol car. The woman driving that vehicle may be facing drunk driving charges.
One of the major causes of motor vehicle accidents is when an operator is driving their vehicle under the influence of alcohol. However, even when Virginia police suspect that a driver is under the influence, this suspicion is a substantial ways away from authorities securing a conviction on the DUI charges filed against an individual. In a recent case, a man has been charged with driving under the influence after he was involved in a fatal accident that killed a passenger in his vehicle.
The New Year promises new beginnings for some Virginia Beach residents, but for others, it could bring unexpected legal struggles. The Virginia Beach Police Department opened 2013 by cracking down on motorists driving under the influence of alcohol and performing other illegal activities. Thirty-five police officers participated by holding two checkpoints in the Virginia Beach area. Over the course of the evening, they issued 10 DUI charges.