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.
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.
Many college students in Newport News do not think of the consequences of their actions until there is a reason for them to do so. Drinking and partying with friends is all fun and games until someone makes the decision to drink and drive.
When it comes to driving under the influence and driving while intoxicated, there is really no distinction. We went into some detail on this question in a post last May. In Virginia, the charge is the same if you are accused of DUI or DWI.
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.