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Prominent school board member is arrested on I-64 for DUI/DWI

It is always a difficult and touchy situation in Virginia and elsewhere when an elected local official is arrested for drunk driving. The press coverage will usually be more intensive and the person will suffer a degree of exposure that may be extensive. This is the problem being faced recently by an Henrico County School Board member who was arrested in the early morning hours of Aug. 5 on DUI/DWI charges.

DUI/DWI charges give way to felonies against fleeing driver

It is not helpful for an accused driver to get drunk driving charges that involve hitting a pedestrian and other vehicles in the process. It is clearly much worse if the person who is hit is the on-duty police officer who pulled the operator over for suspected DUI/DWI. This type of scenario played out in Virginia Beach recently when an officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle for suspected drunk driving.

DUI/DWI charges withdrawn against fugitive driver

A driver who does not stop when law enforcement authorities try to pull the vehicle over is creating a reckless hazard and additional allegations may be made that would not have been charged otherwise. The Virginia State Police reported such an event recently when the operator of a BMW was suspected of speeding and erratic driving. When the operator would not pull over, a chase ensued and the suspect was arrested for DUI/DWI.

With DUI, what happens in Virginia may not stay in Virginia

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. That's a tourism tagline nearly everyone has heard at some time. High on the same list is "Virginia is for Lovers." People from all over the United States come to this region of the mid-Atlantic to take in the history, be impressed by the naval might on display and vacation on the shores of the ocean and the Chesapeake.

What's in a name? As to impaired driving charges, not much

The language of Virginia law when it comes to driving under the influence of anything is pretty straightforward. If you operate any motor vehicle under the influence of any intoxicating substance, you can be arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

What's the possible penalty for a first time DUI in Virginia?

Just about a year ago, that we wrote about consequences an individual in Virginia could face if convicted for a third time for driving under the influence. Penalties can be serious in such cases. So can they be for first time DUI offenses, however, so anytime a charge is brought you should be prepared to do all you can to protect your rights. Working with a skilled attorney is the way to do that.


What is the difference between DUI and DWI in Virginia? DUI vs. DWI?

As DUI Attorneys in Hampton Roads, we are often asked this question, but the answer is simple: there is no difference between a charge of DUI or DWI in Virginia.  The two mnemonics are synonyms and reference the exact same behavior prohibited under Virginia Code Section 18.2-266.  Under the Virginia law, it is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, any narcotic drug, or any other self-administered intoxicant or drug of whatsoever nature.


DUI or DWI Standardized Field Sobriety Test: What is it?

Anyone who has had the unfortunate experience of being suspected of DUI or DWI has likely been asked to perform a number of field sobriety tests by the police.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has created the Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) Battery to assist officers in determining whether an individual is under the influence of alcohol.  The SFST Battery consists of three tests: (1) the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test; (2) the Walk and Turn Test; and (3) the One-Leg Stand Test.  While officers often use additional tests in their determinations for DUI or DWI, these are the three main tests approved by NHTSA.

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