It goes without saying that not all crimes allegedly committed in Roanoke are created equal. The penalties associated with you receiving a speeding ticket are not the as those you may have to deal with if you are accused of committing a felony offense. If you are like most, then you likely classify criminal penalties as either misdemeanors or felonies. Given that misdemeanors tend to be viewed as being less serious than felonies, you might then assume that traffic violations are misdemeanors. Yet there is actually a third category of criminal violations (one under which a majority of traffic violations fall): infractions.
Many people in Virginia who are arrested and charged with impaired driving offenses might feel like they have no ability to defend themselves against the charges. They may even simply plead guilty to the charge and solemnly accept whatever penalties are imposed. However, it is important to remember that the right to pursue a defense, including all the way through to a trial, always exists. This is true for people accused of any type of criminal offense, including drunk driving.
Owning a firearm is a privilege coveted by many in Roanoke, yet as you likely know, is also one that is denied to you if you have been convicted of certain criminal offenses. There is the possibility, however, that if you meet certain criteria, that right can be restored to you. The information detailing that criteria has been detailed on this blog in the past, and many come to our team here at Robert F. Rider, PLC ready to work through the process. Sometimes, however, we have to tell them that the chance to recover their gun ownership rights are slightly different for federal crimes.
Getting arrested for any kind of criminal offense, including driving under the influence (DUI), is a frightening experience. It is not something that becomes easier the second or third time you experience it. In fact, subsequent arrests may be even more frightening, as you already have an understanding of what to expect while incarcerated and going through the court system.
When people decide to drink and drive, they are instantly endangering the lives of everyone around them. Unfortunately, while many victims of Virginia DUI accidents suffer immense loss, perpetrators are also left to suffer from the devastating outcome of their poor choice.