Dealing with other drivers can be frustrating. During your morning and afternoon commute, you might encounter drivers who are rude, aggressive or simply not paying attention. When you are stuck in congested traffic and have stressful things on your mind, it can be easy to lose control. However, it is important for you and other Virginia drivers to understand the potential legal consequences of losing your patience behind the wheel.
Juvenile crime is a particular area of the justice system that has its own courts and laws. In the communities and counties surrounding the D.C. area, as in communities across the country, teenage arrests span a wide range of crimes from petty crime, such as shoplifting and theft, to violent crimes, such as assault and murder.
Due to concerted efforts from law enforcement, the number of DUI-related fatalities dropped significantly within the last several decades. In the 1980s and 90s, there were frequently over 1,000 traffic fatalities every year in Virginia. Many times, over half were alcohol-related. In 2014, a little over 250 traffic fatalities involved alcohol. While there is still work to do, this is good progress.
Most people are aware of the dangers of possessing or distributing illegal drugs. Even something like marijuana, which some states decriminalized but is only acceptable for medical use in Virginia, can land a person in hot water.
Whether it is a simple misdemeanor or a complicated felony, there is more to fear from criminal charges than just jail time or a fine. The reality is that a blemish on your record can affect your life well into the future, even after you put the mistake behind you.