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Stiff penalties face allegedly drunk driver

There are few things scarier than being arrested and charged for a crime you did not commit. However, if you ever find yourself arrested and charged for a crime you actually did commit, but don't necessarily remember, it may even be worse. It may not be your worst nightmare now, but if it ever were to happen to you, you would likely agree that you were living in your own worst nightmare.

What happens to my vehicle after a DUI arrest?

When you are arrested for an alcohol-related charge, you may wonder just what will happen in terms of your future and the charges against you. You may also wonder what will happen in the immediate future when you are released.

Help when times get tough

There are few things more emotionally daunting than an arrest and subsequently, charges brought against you for something did without malicious intent. For instance, when most people faces criminal charges stemming from driving after drinking, their entire world is turned upside down and the fear of what is known and what is unknown can be paralyzing. This is unfortunate as time is of the essence and the clock is ticking on making major moves that can be major game-changers over the course of the next few months and even years.

Practice what you preach

It turns out police are not immune. Although the almost inhumane treatment you may have been given while you were incarcerated made you feel like you were dirt on the shoe of the police officers, it is not unrealistic to assume that many of them have been guilty of at least the crime you are charged with. While there will likely never be statistics to prove it, a good number of police officers drink alcohol when off duty and some of them, feeling immune to the law, may even choose to drive.

The 5 components of VASAP

If you have been charged with a drug- or alcohol-related crime, you probably know that the penalties can be steep. You may have heard of a program called Virginia's Alcohol Safety Action Program but you may not be aware of its purpose or how it might benefit you in the event you are charged with an alcohol-related driving crime. The program is designed to educate drivers and thereby decrease the likelihood of a person operating a motor vehicle while influenced by drugs or alcohol.

The ignition interlock device

When you are charged with a DUI and subsequently convicted for a second or third time within a decade's span, you face substantially more serious consequences than you may on a first offense. One major adjustment you may struggle with is the enforcement of an ignition interlock device in your primary vehicle and any other vehicle you operate.

DUI charges face a wrong-way driver on Interstate 81

Sometimes there is no disputing a drunk driving charge. Even if you did not allow a breath test, one may have been required. Even if you were successful in the refusal, the factors around your charges may be irrefutable and in that case, you may feel compelled to admit your guilt and accept your sentence. However, even if you feel true guilt and would like to proceed with punishment, it is important to understand how far-reaching the consequences can be and how important it still is to have an advocate on your side.

Driving on a suspended license could cause major problems

If you were arrested on charges of driving after having too much to drink and you refused to comply with blood alcohol testing, you now likely find yourself without a license. While you know there are ways to be granted approval for driving within certain hours and for certain reasons like employment or school, you may decide it isn't worth it to jump through hoops to obtain a hardship license, especially since you have never been pulled over before.

What are some reasons you may do jail time for a DUI?

If you've been pulled over, tested and arrested on charges of a DUI, you may have experienced your first taste of being treated like a common criminal. If you have no idea what to expect and fear your freedom could be taken away, it may help to know what charges come with the possibility of jail time as a standard.

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