How do you know what you know? That's a line from a song written by balladeer Michael Johnson. As we wrote in a post in January, one of the biggest issues anyone in Virginia facing a traffic citation likely has is that they don't know what they don't know about the legal nuances involved.
It's easy assume when you get a ticket for speeding or some other traffic violation that dealing with it is a simple matter. In many jurisdictions, being tagged for a traffic offense is accompanied by some level of information about how you can respond. What more do you need, right?
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.
A student studying at William and Mary in Virginia was arrested on Feb. 27 for allegedly assaulting and abducting another student in two separate episodes. According to a spokesperson for the school, the accused person was 21 years old and the alleged victim was the same student for both incidents.
If you have been charged with a crime, the entire process can be extremely intimidating and frightening, particularly if this is your first offense. Even the smallest mistake can land you in a world of trouble, and affect your entire future before you realize what you are saying. Magazines and newspapers are full of stories where those accused have given false confessions and been convicted of crimes they did not commit. Before you are in this situation, you may not even consider ever giving a false confession, but it is a real problem you should be aware of before you deal with it.