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How to defend against drunk driving charges

This blog recently discussed the rights of accused individuals following a DUI arrest. There are different methods of defending against DUI charges and because of their seriousness, accused individuals should always be familiar with what they are.

For an accused individual facing DUI charges, there are generally two ways to defend against drunk driving charges. There are affirmative defenses the accused individual may present or there are other methods of defending against drunk riving charges that include challenging police conduct or the validity of the alleged evidence being used against the accused individual. Affirmative defenses when facing DUI charges include necessity, duress, entrapment, mistake of fact and involuntary intoxication and accused individuals should understand if those circumstances apply to them.

Know your rights after a DUI arrest

Facing criminal charges for a DUI/DWI in Virginia can be a very frightening experience. There are many uncertainties and many possible long-term negative outcomes. Because so much is at stake, all DUI cases should be taken seriously and evaluated unique to each case.

After a traffic stop and any field sobriety tests, the criminal process begins when a police officer places the suspect under arrest. If you see the flashing lights in your rear view mirror and are on the way home from drinking, it is important to know your rights should the officer choose to investigate you for drinking and driving.

What can you face if you are accused of texting while driving?

Here in Virginia, there are many things that can lead to a person facing a traffic ticket. One is being accused of texting while driving. Along with nearly all other states, Virginia has a general ban on texting while driving.

Virginia’s texting ban has primary, rather than secondary, enforcement. So, in the state, a driver can be pulled over and ticketed for texting while driving all on its own, without any other type of violation being spotted by police.

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