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School board member convicted of DUI

On Nov. 15, a Virginia man who was on the Henrico County School Board was convicted on drunk driving charges. The man was originally stopped around 1 a.m. on Aug. 5 after a state trooper saw him driving in two lanes.

During the traffic stop, which occurred in the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 past the Gaskins Road exit, the trooper said that the 43-year-old man smelled of alcohol. Additionally, the man appeared nervous and could not find his license or his wallet. At the time, the man said that he had had two drinks, though he blew a .1 during a preliminary breath test, indicating his blood alcohol concentration was over the legal limit. He entered a plea of not guilty with a stipulation that the facts were sufficient to convict him of the crime.

The judge found the man guilty of DUI. He was sentenced to six months in jail, though this sentence was suspended. He was also fined $250 and had his driver's license suspended for a full year. However, he was given a restricted license.

For those facing drunk driving charges, the consequences of a conviction can be severe. For example, people could be sentenced to jail depending on their blood alcohol concentration at the time of the incident. Further, they may have their driving privileges suspended while facing drastically increased insurance rates. During the trial, however, a criminal law attorney may challenge or contest the traffic stop to determine if the authorities had the requisite reasonable suspicion. If not, the charges could potentially be dismissed.

Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Henrico School Board member convicted of DUI", Sean Gorman, Nov. 15, 2017

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