Drunk driving laws and related penalties vary from state to state. This year, the Supreme Court of the United States will review Minnesota's implied consent DUI/DWI laws to determine if it is legal to charge a person with a crime if he or she refuses to submit to a warrantless breath, blood or urine test.
These days, the dire ramifications of a DUI are fairly obvious to most people. However, if you are a service member, a federal employee or work for a government contractor, a DUI conviction can have added consequences that may have more of an impact than you realize. And in the Northern Virginia and D.C. area, this issue can cause problems for many government employees when facing DUI charges.
When driving home after having a few drinks, the flashing lights of a police cruiser in the rearview mirror is the last thing you want to see. If that final drink of the evening was one too many, you could be facing serious legal consequences that could affect you for years to come.
It is the basic DUI law put in its simplest form: "In every state in the U.S., a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher is presumed to be legally intoxicated for drunk-driving purposes."
At the Law Office of Robert D. Anderson, PLLC, we understand the impact a DUI conviction can have on the life of Virginia residents. This understanding is why we devote such a large percentage of our practice to defending those facing charges for driving under the influence. You can continue reading to learn more about how we build a defense strategy designed to eliminate the chance of a conviction or minimize the possible consequences of a DUI charge.
While drinking and driving is never a good idea, we often hear stories about people who got pulled over for suspected drunk driving even though they weren’t drunk. Technically, a person doesn’t even need to be above the legal limit in order to be charged with a DUI, which some of our readers may not realize. If a police officer claims that you were impaired when he or she pulled you over, you could actually be convicted of a drunk driving offense if you have some measurable percentage of blood alcohol content in your body.