When an unexpected death occurs, there is an understandable desire for answers and justice, if appropriate. However, when law enforcement officers believe a crime has been committed, a person suspected of committing that crime has certain rights that must be upheld. In fact, charges against a driver in Virginia stemming from an alleged drunk driving case have recently been dismissed due to what some reports describe as police officer missteps.
When a car accident results in serious injuries, the desire to hold someone criminally responsible is understandable. However, the fact is that car accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, such as a driver miscalculation, which is not necessarily criminal behavior. Despite this, law enforcement officials in Virginia believe that a recent fatal accident was the result of driving under the influence, or DUI.
The criminal justice system can be complicated. Unfortunately, people are often left facing choices that they feel unprepared to make. In fact, a man in Virginia may be considering the legal options available to him after law enforcement officers accused him of being involved in a single-vehicle drunk driving accident that resulted in a fatality.
Most drivers likely know of the panic experienced when their vehicle runs off the road due to a single moment of inattention or misjudging a curve, even if it is only one tire. Instinct often kicks in, prompting drivers to take action without thought. Unfortunately, this can sometimes result in an overcorrection and, ultimately, cause an accident. In fact, a man in Virginia now faces DUI allegations after an accident that apparently resulted in a similar incident.
Driving at night can be disorienting in the best of conditions. However, the lights associated with a construction site can make it even more difficult for drivers. Despite this, a man in Virginia is now facing a DUI charge after he allegedly drove into workers at a construction site.
Anyone who has driven on the beltway in Virginia likely knows that it can be an intimidating and confusing undertaking, even for those who have experience doing so. As a result, it is understandable that someone driving during the early morning hours could become disoriented. Despite this, police believe that drunk driving was a factor when a driver headed the wrong way on the interstate.
For many people in Virginia, the holidays are an opportunity to spend time with friends and family. Often, these gatherings include the consumption of food and alcoholic beverages. Unfortunately, the consequences for an accusation of driving under the influence, or DUI -- whether by drugs or alcohol -- can be serious.
Most drivers in Virginia and across the country know of the importance of being fully vigilant so that they can respond to road conditions that could potentially change rapidly. Unfortunately, even the most vigilant of drivers are not always able to respond quickly enough to unexpected obstacles due to visibility issues, for example. Despite this, law enforcement officials may be quick to make assumptions about the cause of an accident. For example, a woman now faces DUI accusations following a recent collision.
Car accidents can happen at any time of the day or night and for a variety of different reasons. As such, drivers and passengers in Virginia often take certain action -- such as wearing a safety belt -- to protect themselves in the event of an accident. Unfortunately, one man now faces charges of DUI, among others, after a passenger in his vehicle reportedly died in a traffic accident.
Most people in Virginia are committed to protecting the safety of the law enforcement officers that they may encounter while driving. However, the flashing lights of a police car can become disorienting at night. Whether this was a contributing factor in the wreck, a woman who was reportedly involved in an accident involving a stopped police vehicle is now facing a DUI charge.