For some drivers, deciding to get behind the wheel after having too much to drink is a regular occurrence. For others, the first time they make that choice can result in terrible consequences, such as a DUI charge or worse, depending on the accident or infraction. Regardless, being accused of alcohol-related offenses while driving in Virginia can result in license suspension, fines and, in some cases, even jail time.
A recent article details the arrest of a man who police claim caused a deadly chain reaction car accident. Just after midnight, a car and a van were stopped at a red light on a local street in Norfolk. Police allege that the suspect approached the two vehicles from behind, but failed to stop at the light. The suspect's car then supposedly hit the van in the rear, causing the van to then hit the car in front of it.
All of the van's occupants and the suspect were taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. The driver and the backseat passenger of the van were treated and released with minor injuries. However, the front seat passenger passed away at the hospital from her injuries. The suspect refused treatment at the hospital, and was then taken to the Norfolk Magistrate's office where he was charged with driving under the influence and refusal to submit to a blood sample.
In any car accident, there are always conflicting versions of events. When an accident involves a fatality, emotions can be high. As a result, mistakes can be made by law enforcement. If a driver is faced with a similar DUI charge in Virginia, contacting a criminal lawyer who is familiar with state and local laws and procedures could be the best place to start building a defense. A defesne attorney assist and guide the accused through the complex legal steps of a DUI defense.
Source: wavy.com, "Man charged with DUI in deadly Norfolk crash", Matthew Twist, April 24, 2016