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Back-to-school parties may lead to drunk driving arrests

It is that time of year again when the campuses of Virginia's fine colleges and universities begin to awake with new life. Students are beginning to arrive at their institutions of higher learning, professors are finalizing their class syllabi and retailers are stocking up on college gear for the upcoming terms. August and September can be some exciting months in the lives of young people arriving back at their schools after summers away. They can also times when young adults celebrate with those they have not seen since the prior academic year.

College parties can be a lot of fun but unfortunately they can result in a lot of legal trouble if a person is pulled over on suspicion of driving drunk. Law enforcement officials look for signs of intoxication in drivers and when they spot vehicles moving erratically or otherwise demonstrating that their drivers may not be fully capable of safe operation they pull them over. Once a vehicle is stopped its driver may be questioned, asked to submit to breath or field sobriety tests or otherwise assessed for possible drunkenness.

Although making suspected DUI and drunk driving stops is an important part of Virginia cops' jobs it is important for readers to remember that law enforcement officials can and do make mistakes. Errors in the execution of breathalyzer tests, sobriety assessments and other evaluations that may offer evidence of intoxication can result in innocent, sober individuals being arrested on drunk driving crimes.

The attorneys of Boyce, Leahy & Francescon want all Virginian college and university students to have safe and successful college careers. However, their firm is available to those whose futures may be in jeopardy due to their arrests and pending convictions on alcohol-based driving crimes. To learn more about Boyce, Leahy & Francescon and the firm's DUI and DWI defense practice readers may visit the firm's website on drunk driving defense.

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