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Understanding DUI Manslaughter and Maiming Charges in Virginia

In Virginia, a DUI charge carries harsh legal consequences. However, when a DUI is compounded with someone's injury or death, the consequences can be far worse. DUI manslaughter occurs when a person unintentionally causes another person's death while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This offense combines the elements of a DUI with...

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Justice Department Backs DEA's Move to Reclassify Marijuana

Understand the DEA's proposal and Virginia marijuana laws to avoid penalties In a huge policy shift, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will move to reclassify marijuana as a less dangerous drug. The proposal must still be reviewed by the White House Office of Management and Budget and go through the public comment process, but if...

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NHTSA Advances Tech to End Drunk Driving Nationwide

How anti-DUI technology may affect your rights A recent proposal by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to equip new vehicles with mandatory anti-impaired driving technology promises to prevent thousands of fatal drunk driving crashes. But that's not all it could potentially do. At first glance, the benefits are clear — fewer people operating...

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What to Expect from Virginia's DUI Education Program

The VASAP process: How Virginia's mandatory driver's education and substance rehab program works. Facing a DUI conviction in Virginia can feel like hitting a roadblock, but there's a detour ahead: The Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program. VASAP isn't just paperwork — it's an important factor in determining whether you'll face additional fines and jail time....

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Can You Refuse To Take Field Sobriety Tests in Virginia?

Police officers and state troopers in Virginia often make arrests for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol. It usually begins with a traffic stop for a violation such as speeding, erratic driving, or a broken taillight. An officer or trooper will then gather evidence. This often includes the use of field sobriety tests (FSTs)....

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What To Expect If You Are Charged With Domestic Violence

A Virginia criminal defense lawyer can fight for your rights. Police and prosecutors in Virginia take domestic violence cases very seriously. They will take action if they determine that a family member has been the victim of assault and battery. This includes spouses, former spouses, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, biological parents, and any person who...

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Tips for Avoiding a Holiday DUI in Virginia

Celebrating the holidays is a time of joy and festivity. However, it's also a period when the risks of driving under the influence (DUI) escalate. Law enforcement is particularly vigilant during this season, as they are aware of increased alcohol consumption. 5 ways to avoid a drunk driving arrest this holiday season While an experienced...

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What Foods Can Trigger a False Positive on a Breathalyzer Test?

Outside factors, including food, can influence breath tests. Certain foods and substances, like yeast-containing foods or mouthwash, can influence breathalyzer test results and cause a false positive report. In Norfolk and throughout Virginia, if an officer is reasonably suspicious, even a low BAC score can be enough to justify an arrest and drunk driving charges....

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Is 20 mph Over the Speed Limit Reckless Driving in Virginia?

Traffic laws are stringent in Virginia, and reckless driving is a serious offense that can have severe consequences. One common question we often encounter is whether driving 20 mph over the speed limit constitutes reckless driving. Here's what drivers in Virginia should know. What constitutes reckless driving in Virginia? In Virginia, reckless driving is a...

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What is a Miranda Warning, and Why Does it Matter?

Protect your legal rights and get experienced legal counsel. It's one of the most familiar parts of criminal procedure in popular culture and general knowledge: the Miranda warning. "You have the right to remain silent" and "You have the right to an attorney" are sentences anyone who has ever watched a police procedural can rattle...

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