People from all backgrounds could find that they are facing a drunk driving charge after drinking even a little too much alcohol before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle to drive. For those individuals—particularly those who have never been in trouble with the law—this can be scary and they may feel as though a conviction is a foregone conclusion. This, of course, is not true. Following a DUI arrest and charge, there are opportunities for the accused to fight those charges and possibly have them dropped or secure an acquittal.
Multiple individuals in the Virginia Beach area have found themselves in the former situation. So far 20 people charged with drunk driving recently learned that those charges have been dropped. This could be the case for another 40 individuals as well, pending review by prosecutors.
The reason for the sudden change is the resignation of the police officer who made the arrests. Prior to his resignation, an administrative investigation was commenced pertaining to the man. He had been with the department since August 2011.
According to a spokeswoman for the commonwealth’s attorney, it is not common for charges against people to be dropped when an officer leaves. In some cases an officer will return to testify at trial and there may be other evidence that could be used by the prosecution to make the case.
While the individuals against whom the charges have been dropped are likely pleased with the development, they should be aware that the charges could be refilled at anytime should the prosecution deem it fitting.