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Man faces drunk driving charges after driving in opposite lanes

Drunk driving and other DUI allegations are treated seriously in Virginia. Law enforcement and legislators see drunk driving as a significant danger to peoples' health and safety. With that, they are vigilant in trying to stop drivers who are exhibiting signs of being under the influence while on the road. This results in traffic stops, investigations and arrests. For those facing these charges, it is important to understand the potential consequences.

According to recent reports, a man who was spotted by law enforcement as he allegedly drove on the wrong side of the road was stopped and arrested for DUI. The incident occurred at shortly after 5 a.m. A deputy stated that he saw the vehicle moving at excessive speed going south in the northbound lanes. The officer reportedly needed to take evasive action to keep from being in a crash. There were nearly two other crashes with different vehicles. The officer pursued the driver and stopped him. The driver, a 38-year-old man, allegedly stated he had been drinking. He reportedly said he was distracted and that was why he was on the wrong side of the road. He took field sobriety tests and was given a breathalyzer. He was then arrested.

In many cases, stopping a vehicle for suspected DUI is a judgment call for law enforcement officials. In others, the driver committed a separate violation or had an issue with the vehicle that warranted a stop, and a DUI investigation was conducted culminating in an arrest. In still other cases, a driver makes a driving maneuver that is so blatantly illegal that a stop and arrest is made. Although many cases seem to be clear cut, that does not mean the person should go without a legal defense. Given the potential penalties of jail time, a license suspension, fines, higher insurance rates and more, it is wise to think about possible defenses. Perhaps some of the charges can be reduced or dropped. There could be an issue with the evidence that result in an acquittal.

Given the litany of charges the man in this recent incident faces, he should understand the penalties if he is convicted. Regardless of the circumstances, anyone confronted with drunk driving charges will need to craft a sound defense strategy for DUI offenses.

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