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How does the alcohol you drink end up in your lungs?

When referring to drunk driving laws in Roanoke, one number is often repeated: 0.08. This number the blood-alcohol content level recognized almost universally as being the standard at which you are considered legally drunk. Take note of how this test is a measurement of your blood. Yet if and when you are pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence, law enforcement officials do not test a sample of your blood, but rather your breath. How is, then, that the alcohol you drink ends up in your lungs? 

The consequences of refusing a breath test in virginia

Seeing blue lights in one's rearview mirror can be a frightening experience, especially when alcohol is involved. Even a couple of small drinks could result in a whirlwind of fines and penalties. The topic of refusing a breath test is one highly debated across the nation. Currently, Virginia is one of only a few states that enforces penalties for refusing to take a breathalyzer test. 

The reality of drunk driving in virginia

Learning that a driving under the influence charge could lie ahead is, needless to say, a stressful experience. One's career, financial situation and even quality of life could be placed on the line after a DUI charge. Although Virginia laws work to protect all drivers on the road, some criticize the state's laws surrounding DUIs, DWIs and ignition interlock systems. What are Virginia's DUI laws, and have changes in recent years come with positive results? 

One-leg stand test not 100% accurate

Do you know someone who has been arrested for  a driving under the influence offense in Virginia? Have you actually been charged with a DUI offense yourself? Whether you want to help and support a friend or family member or need to defend yourself against such a charge, learning about the different tests used during the arrest process will be important for you.

What is a nystagmus?

If you have ever been stopped by an officer while driving and eventually asked by the officer if you have consumed alcohol, you might find yourself questioned about your sobriety and fitness to drive. One of the things routinely done during a traffic stop that may turn into an investigation for suspected drunk driving is to have a driver perform certain tests or be evaluated for certain factors. The results of these things may then be used to support placing that driver under arrest.

The walk and turn field sobriety test

Like many people in Virginia, you have probably heard about certain tests or actions that you might be asked to take if you are suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. Understanding the different tests is important, especially if you are ultimately arrested and charged with a drunk driving offense. Chemical tests like blood or breath tests are able to measure the amount of alcohol in your system. Other tests, commonly called field sobriety tests, are used to give an officer enough evidence to arrest you for a suspected DUI.

When a dui affects a job search

Plainly put, mistakes happen. Whether a citation for driving while under the influence was one year ago or five, Virginia job seekers face significant challenges when embarking on a career search. This dilemma can seem unfairly ironic, especially since one bad mark of the past can ultimately cast a shadow over future, proactive pursuits. In today's fast-paced job market, is there a way around a DUI when looking for employment?

How accurate are field sobriety tests?

Like most people in Virginia, you have likely heard or read reports about people being arrested for drunk driving. Part of these reports often indicate that the driver failed a field sobriety test. But, before you assume that these tests are foolproof, you should educate yourself about the facts of these tests.

How the financial side of a DUI can hurt you

Drunk driving cases are always serious matters, as the defendant is in a position where he or she could lose so much in their lives. Their job could be at risk because of a DUI; their freedom is at stake; and their long term potential could be stifled if a drunk driving case against them returns a guilty verdict. For all of these reasons, it is imperative to fight any DUI charge to the fullest.

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