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What is a driver alcohol detection system?

If you have a history of drunk driving conviction in Virginia, or know someone who does, you may already be familiar with an ignition interlock device. This is an in-vehicle breathalyzer that requires you to provide a breath sample before driving and prevents you from starting the car if your blood alcohol results are above a predetermined benchmark. When discussing IIDs as a preventative measure for drunk driving, proponents frequently give the caveat that they are effective as long as the driver is compliant. 

What should students know about summer DUIs?

Young people in Virginia and across the country are looking forward to the summer months. Whether it means a long vacation soaking up the sun or taking on a summer job, students on break may also involve alcohol in their activities. As a parent or a student, you should understand the potential complications that drinking during the summer break can entail, especially when it comes to drinking and driving.

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.

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