In Virginia and around the country many people might feel they are part of a group that is somehow under siege. This may be related to a social issue like sexual orientation or religious preference or it may be related to someone’s status if they have been involved in particular events.
It is known and accepted that driving a vehicle after consuming too much alcohol is unsafe and illegal. However, that does not make driving after drinking alcohol completely against the law. It is perfectly legal to have a casual drink and then drive so long as a person’s blood alcohol content remains below the legal threshold. Despite this reality, a person who is accused of drunk driving can feel quite a strong stigma against them, even if their BAC was below 0.08% at the time they were arrested.
The start of July every year is a time that ushers in a new round of laws in Virginia and this year is no exception. One of the new laws that has recently taken effect in the state aims to ramp up penalties for people accused of impaired driving if an accident occurs that results in what may be called serious injuries to a person. That person may be another motorist, passenger or pedestrian.
WHSV.com explains that the new law makes involvement in such a crash either a Class 4 felony or a Class 6 felony. Both of these charges come with minimum prison sentences as well as a host of other associated penalties.