Virginia residents who drive with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit or who drive under the influence of drugs run the risk of being charged with a DUI. When a person is charged with a DUI for the first time, they may have many questions about what to expect. In most cases, when a person is arrested for a DUI, even if it is their first one, it's likely that they will spend some time in jail.
Motorcyclists generally have the right to use Virginia roads in the same manner as passenger or commercial vehicles. In fact, the U.S. Senate recently passed a resolution calling on states to stop the practice of profiling motorcyclists. Although it is nonbinding, another piece of legislation bans the use of federal funds to conduct motorcycle roadblocks. According to a Supreme Court ruling, police officers are allowed to justify after a traffic stop after it occurs.
Veterans residing in Virginia who have received a DUI charge should be aware they are not alone. The American Addiction Centers released a study that showed drunk driving has spiked among the U.S. veteran population. Binge drinking was also found to be at an all-time high. The study concluded that post-traumatic stress disorder was a significant contributor to hazardous alcohol use.
A 29-year-old man was arrested on Nov. 26 after driving his car onto the grounds of the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond and then attempting to flee the scene on foot. He was allegedly under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time the incident occurred.