People are arrested for drunk driving throughout the state of Virginia each and every day. Depending on the charges filed in connection with the arrest a variety of outcomes is possible. For example, in many cases someone facing an initial arrest for drunk driving will find that he or she faces much less serious consequences than someone who has been through the process more than once. Because each situation could lead to such different outcomes, it is important that the defense created is appropriate for the situation.
A Virginia woman recently arrested for drunk driving will likely take the most aggressive approach possible. The woman was previously incarcerated after she was convicted of the alcohol-related traffic death of a construction worker. More specifically, she was found culpable in a chain reaction crash that led to the death of the man. Accordingly, she was found guilty of aggravated involuntary manslaughter.
The most recent arrest occurred after reports of a car driving recklessly were received by law enforcement. A police officer was dispatched and allegedly witnessed the vehicle almost causing a head-on collision and crossing the roads double yellow lines. The police officer indicated that after being pulled over a strong smell of alcohol came from the car and that the woman could not complete a breath test. Following her arrest she was retested and allegedly returned a blood-alcohol level of 0.25 percent.
At the time of her arrest the woman was on probation for that previous drunk driving related conviction. Though her driver’s license had at one point been suspended, at the time of the arrest, she had regained that privilege.
A previous conviction for DUI will have a bearing on what someone is charged with following a subsequent arrest. These more serious charges could lead to even more time for someone if a conviction is the end result.
Source: The Roanoke Times, “Tracie Nininger, convicted in '08 death, arrested again on DUI charge,” Jordan Fifer, Oct. 8, 2014