DUI Lawyer Blog Archives for November, 2016

DUI on Private Property?

West Virginia and Virginia permits DUI arrests on Private Property

November 10, 2016

In Virginia, a person can be charged with a DUI for drinking and driving on private property. Last week, the West Virginia Supreme Court interpreted West Virginia DUI law the same way. Chief Justice Menis Ketchum wrote in the majority opinion “The Legislature’s definition of the phrase ‘in this State’ … extends the reach of… Read More »

Blatant Racism on a Jury? : Supreme Court to decide if it’s okay

April 18, 2016

This spring, the United States Supreme Court is considering a case that may determine whether jury deliberations should remain secret, even if the jury includes members that make racist comments to encourage the conviction of a defendant. In 2007, a Mexican national named Miguel Angel Pena-Rodriguez was convicted of unlawful sexual contact and two counts… Read More »

Werth trial for Reckless Driving scheduled for February 3, 2015 in Fairfax County

January 5, 2015

Nationals baseball player Jayson Werth appeared in Fairfax County Circuit Court today in order to set a trial date for his charge of Reckless Driving.  The court scheduled the jury trial for February 3, 2015 at 10 AM.  At this time a judge has not been assigned to the case.  Typically judges in Fairfax County… Read More »

Save it for Festivus — Avoid Fights on Thanksgiving

November 24, 2014

Debates and arguments around the dinner table are big Thanksgiving traditions with many families.  Here are some tips to avoid having a good-natured discussion become a great deal more serious. Driving angry after dinner can cause encounters with local law enforcement for speeding and Reckless Driving.  Leaving a dinner party early after drinking too much… Read More »

Judge Cannon remembered by Loudoun Attorneys Carlos Wall and Alex Gordon

November 12, 2014

On October 17, 2014, the Virginia legal community was surprised to learn of the death of  former Loudoun County General District Judge Julia Cannon. Judge Cannon served on the bench in Loudoun from the early 1990s until her retirement in 2011.  Judge Cannon had graduated from the University of Virginia Law School. The lawyers of… Read More »

Why you can’t find the Best DUI Lawyer in Virginia on the internet

May 23, 2014

When you or a loved one are charged with the serious offense of DUI or DWI in Virginia, you want the best legal advice possible.  Much is at risk: A loss of license, high fines, a permanent criminal record, and possible sentence of jail time for a First Offense DUI in Virginia. However, when you… Read More »

Dealing with a DUI Checkpoint in Virginia

November 27, 2013

Even if you haven’t been drinking, seeing a DUI checkpoint ahead can make you apprehensive and nervous. Agencies are required to announce the location of DUI checkpoints.  You should look in local newspapers and government websites for announcements. Checkpoints are often located on major roadways connecting entertainment areas or on the way out of town.  They are often scheduled for weekends or… Read More »

Sober man Charged with DUI even after he has a .000 BAC

June 10, 2013

A sober man was arrested for a DUI in Arizona even though he had 0.000 blood-alcohol content, it was reported by ABC News 15 in Arizona. Jessie Thornton, 64, of Surprise, Ariz., was pulled over by police said that the cops told him that he was drunk just by looking at him. “’An officer walked… Read More »

Lowered Limit Being Pushed for by NTSB

May 15, 2013

Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that all 50 US States lower the legal limit of alcohol in the blood to .05 from .08. The NTSB says that in the last 30 years over 440,000 people have died from alcohol related traffic accidents; drunk driving accounts for more than 1/3rd of all road deaths… Read More »

SCOTUS Rules Cops Must Obtain Warrant Before Blood Test

April 18, 2013

Recently, the US Supreme Court ruled that police officers must get a warrant before they subject a suspected drunk driver to a blood test. Their decision came as an 8-to-1 win; Justice Clarence Thomas was the only neigh in the bunch. This comes as a big win for drivers such as Missourian Tyler McNeely, who… Read More »

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