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Keeping alcohol consumption from hindering your education

When you are preparing to begin attending college in Virginia, you may have never considered the impact that socializing, partying and having a good time would potentially have on your educational experience. At Mark B. Arthur Attorney at Law, we are committed to helping people who may be facing criminal charges. 

Can reckless driving charges be added to DUI charges?

In Virginia, driving is taken very seriously. As such, if you break the law while on the road, you could be facing harsh penalties. This is especially true if you are facing multiple charges. Mark B. Arthur, PC, is here to explain how driving under the influence (DUI) and distracted driving may interact when it comes to the charges you face.

What are your rights at a DUI checkpoint?

If you are like many Virginia drivers, you may question the legality of DUI checkpoints. With St. Patricks' Day just around the corner, your query may become more urgent as you make plans with classmates and attempt to map out the safest way to get from point A to point B and back to campus again. While your question is a valid one — after all, sobriety checkpoints often feel like a violation of your constitutional rights — know that DUI checkpoints are, in fact, legal. That said, just because they are legal does not mean your rights vanish as you approach one.

The elements that make up a DUI offense

Virginian residents likely know the basics of a DUI offense. It involves being under the influence of some sort of substance while also operating a moving vehicle, most commonly a car. Today, we break down those elements further to get a closer look at what a DUI offense is typically comprised of.

Are DUI penalties stricter for commercial drivers?

Virginian residents, especially those attending college, might have a side job or two to help them cover their expenses. Commercial driving is a popular way to make money, as it includes a wide array of things from delivery to transport and more. However, the impact commercial drivers have on others means DUI convictions are treated even more seriously than usual.

Alcohol use by veterans leads to increase in drunk driving

It can be hard for Virginia veterans to readjust after returning home from active duty. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, many veterans turn to drinking alcohol as a coping mechanism. There is a link between PTSD and problems with alcohol, and having either condition puts a veteran more at risk for developing the other. Memories of trauma may prompt a veteran with an alcohol use disorder to go on a drinking binge, and suicide is a greater risk for veterans over 65 who have a drinking problem or depression in combination with PTSD. 

Virginia law enforcement gets tough with enforcement

The holiday season is one often marked with celebrations that involve the consumption of alcohol. Starting even with Halloween but certainly from Thanksgiving through to New Year's Day, people in Virginia often attend dinners, parties or other gatherings with friends, family members and colleagues. Once the events are over, a great number of people get in their cars and drive home. It is important for people to remember that the act of driving after drinking is not illegal. What is illegal is driving after drinking to the point that a person's blood alcohol level exceeds a certain point. 

What happens during a sobriety checkpoint?

The most wonderful time of the year for many Virginia residents entails celebration and merriment. Whether you are driving home from the office holiday party or after enjoying egg nog at a friend’s home, you might encounter a sobriety checkpoint at some time during the next few weeks. This is not unusual during the holiday season, when drinking is heavier than usual.

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