Over the course of the upcoming holiday weekend there are probably many things on the minds of residents of the state of Virginia. In many cases people will be thinking about what needs to be done to prepare for the upcoming meal. Others, who are perhaps returning home for a short visit, may be more concerned with their social calendar. In either situation, it is possible that a person will end up engaging in activities they otherwise would not. One of those activities could be driving while intoxicated.
As a part of an initiative called Operation C.A.R.E., Virginia State Police will be stepping up enforcement on the state’s roads. Among other things, they will be seeking to reduce the number of car accidents that occur as a result of drunk drivers. This increased enforcement could lead to an increase in the number of people arrested for DUI.
This is not the first year for the C.A.R.E. program, which stands for Combined Accident reduction Effort. In fact, last year during the initiative, a total of 98 impaired drivers were arrested. It is possible that prior to those arrests, a portion of those individuals had not had any experience with the criminal justice system. Perhaps they did not know how to proceed following their arrest.
The reality is anyone who faces criminal charges of any kind, including those for drunk driving, should do everything they can to build a defense against the allegations. For most people this entails working with a criminal defense lawyer. That individual may be able to an acquittal or secure a reduction in the severity of charges or secure a penalty that is less severe.
Source: Emporia News, “Virginia State Police Remind Virginians To Drive To Save Lives This Thanksgiving Holiday, Especially In Inclement Weather,” Nov. 25, 2014