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Detecting drugged driving remains a problem

While a person in Virginia may lawfully be prescribed medical marijuana for certain conditions, that doesn't mean that the use of the drug couldn't land them in legal hot water. Specifically, not unlike alcohol, police who suspect a motorist is driving while high on marijuana may issue the motorist a citation for driving while intoxicated. This is due to the belief that certain drugs can impair a motorist's ability to safely operate an automobile.

Should Virginia drug dealers be held responsible if death occurs?

Most Virginians would agree that too many people die because of illicit drug use. They may accidentally overdose, or the drugs could unknowingly be contaminated with other substances. These are very unfortunate situations. However, should drug dealers be charged with murder if the drugs they distributed lead to death?

Virginia bill increases penalties for certain DUI offense

It is well known that drunk driving can cause car accidents. Some of these accidents seriously injure other people on the road. Accidents as these can lead to DWI charges, including DWI maiming of another. However, one bill making its way through the Virginia legislature will change the way these incidents are penalized.

What are the 'perils of reciprocity' of a Virginia DUI?

Many people, both Virginians and non-Virginians alike may have travelled across Interstate-95 during their travels this past holiday season. And, unfortunately, some of these individuals may have been arrested and charged with drunk driving. It is important to have a basic understanding of when a person could be charged with DUI and what penalties one might face, especially with regards to residents of other states who are travelling in Virginia.

When may penalties for a DUI in Virginia be enhanced?

While the winter holidays are a popular time for drinking, people in Virginia can be accused of drunk driving at any time of the year. Being accused of DUI can be an intimidating experience. This is especially true given the significant penalties one can face if convicted of a DUI.

Don't let a DUI mar the upcoming holiday season

The winter holidays will soon be upon us, and, with them, the many celebrations that are part of our cherished traditions. Whether it is a cocktail at the company holiday party, a favorite wine with your Christmas dinner, or a glass of champagne to ring in the New Year, alcohol is often served at celebrations this time of the year. What people need to keep in mind, however, is that police will be on the lookout during the upcoming weeks for drunk drivers.

Sentencing for drug charges can be mitigated

Most people in Virginia understand that drugs such as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine are highly addictive and dangerous. Therefore, the possession and sale of such drugs is illegal and those who violate the law can expect harsh punishments. This is especially true if a person is in possession of or intends to sell a large amount of these drugs.

DUI checkpoints set up over Labor Day weekend

August has come to an end, and, for many, that also means summer is coming to a close. But, before the season is officially over, some people have one last hurrah over Labor Day weekend. Labor Day is a popular time for parties, and it is not unusual for people to have a drink or two over the three-day holiday weekend. As a result, drivers in Virginia may have noticed an increased police presence on the roads recently.

Virginia law takes speeding very seriously

Oftentimes motorists drive faster than the posted speed limit. They may not know what the speed limit is in the area they are driving, they may simply think they are driving the speed of traffic, or they may think that going five to ten miles per hour over the speed limit is no big deal. After all, speeding is something most motorists have done at least once.

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