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Drunk Driving Archives

Virginia man faces DUI charge after teen killed in crash

There can be many different reasons a car accident could happen. One common cause is due to someone driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances. The consequences for committing this act can be severe, especially when a fatality occurs as a result. A Virginia man now faces a DUI charge after his alleged involvement in a crash that led to the death of a teenager about to graduate from high school.

Virginia teacher faces a DUI charge

Most people would agree that teachers have difficult jobs. They often must put in extra, unpaid hours to ensure that their students receive the best possible education and typically receive little appreciation or compensation for doing so. Unfortunately, a teacher in Virginia now faces a DUI charge.

DUI charge filed following fatal Virginia crash

A car accident can happen at any time of day for a variety of reasons. However, it may be easier to make certain assumptions about the cause of an accident when it occurs at a certain time of day. While understandable, these assumptions can result in criminal charges not supported by evidence. For example, it is unclear what evidence supports a DUI charge recently filed against a Virginia man.

Virginia man faces DUI charge after accident

There are many signs that a person is under the influence of alcohol. However, these signs could also be indicators of other issues, such as a medical condition. Unfortunately, police officers in Virginia may automatically assume that alcohol is the underlying cause of certain behaviors, rather than ruling out other possibilities. One man now faces a DUI charge, among others, after an off-duty police officer claims that he witnessed an accident.

Man faces DUI charge after fatal crash in Virginia

There are a variety of different types of alternative vehicles on the roads. While options like a moped certainly have their advantages, operators could face additional risks due to their lower visibility, slower speeds and fewer protections for drivers in the event of an accident. Unfortunately, a man in Virginia has recently lost his life after the moped he was driving was involved in a collision with a pickup truck driven by a man who now faces a DUI charge in connection with the accident.

Virginia woman faces DWI charge in accident involving policeman

All drivers have likely had a moment when they were momentarily unaware that traffic had slowed or stopped. In most cases, drivers are able to recover from a momentary lapse (that can occur for a variety of reasons). In some rare cases, an accident occurs. Unfortunately, a woman in Virginia faces a DWI charge after police say that she crashed into the rear of an unmarked police car.

Facing charges for driving under the influence - of caffeine?

One of the most bizarre cases of a DUI recently came from California and concerns a man who was pulled over and tested both with a breathalyzer and a lab blood test. The former indicated zero blood alcohol content, and the latter revealed that the man had not used any of the usual recreational narcotics that impair driving, but did show that the man had consumed caffeine. Even though drinks that have caffeine are not known to impair driving, the unfortunate driver is facing a DUI charge anyway.

License plate readers & databases: legal dilemmas abound

In theory, automatic license plate readers can be an effective crime-fighting tool. The idea is that the optical reader scans the license plates of cars going down the road and creates a record of the license plate, model and make of cars, and the time and place that the record was retrieved. The record is compared to a “hot list” of license numbers of cars involved in a crime, stolen vehicles, hit and runs, or cars seen leaving a crime scene. The information is sent to an officer near where the recording took place who can then follow up. A large number of crimes have been solved that otherwise might not have been, using this system.

Virginia police increasing DUI enforcement for New Year's

You likely need no reminder that New Year's Eve is coming up this weekend. Most adults like to celebrate this holiday at parties where alcohol is served. While this is perfectly fine by itself, it is important to remember that drunk driving is a serious hazard that could put your life and your freedom at risk.

The Sobering Truth About Field Sobriety Tests

Field Sobriety Tests are useful tools taught to law enforcement agents essentially everywhere.  But they aren't entirely scientific, and they certainly aren't foolproof.  When officers administer the tests incorrectly or don't use common sense when deciding who to test, serious problems can occur.