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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.

How a DUI conviction can negatively impact your life

At the law offices of Mark B. Arthur PC in Virginia, we know that a DUI charge represents one of the most serious vehicle-related charges you can face. If convicted, not only do you face the possibility of substantial jail time and payment of a large fine, the conviction can haunt you for years to come.

Officers rewarded for DUI arrests

Residents in Virginia who have either personally been arrested for suspected driving under the influence or who know someone who has been charged with this type of offense may have a lot of questions about these cases. These questions may well start with how the decision to pull a driver over in the first place is made. Some people even wonder if law enforcement officers are given quotes for how many DUI arrests they must make in a given period of time.

Are breath test devices accurate?

If you have ever been pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, you may have been asked to submit to a roadside breath test. Law enforcement officers often use this method to read your blood alcohol content in order to determine whether you are driving while intoxicated. The problem lies in the fact that handheld breath test devices do not always provide accurate and reliable results. The results obtained from these machines may even lead to a DUI conviction.

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