Proposed Changes to Virginia DUI Ignition Interlock Law

Posted by Paul McGlone | Jan 02, 2018 | 0 Comments

The good folks at Virginia ASAP have come up with some proposals to modify the mandatory ignition interlock law that has been in effect since 2012.  Since 2012, the law has required an ignition interlock for anybody convicted of DUI under Virginia Code 18.2-266, if they want to have a restricted ...

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Virginia's Hit and Run Laws

Posted by Paul McGlone | Jul 01, 2015 | 0 Comments

Under Virginia law, "Hit and Run" occurs when one leaves the scene of an accident with failure to provide certain information. Doing so can be considered a felony or a misdemeanor and could result in fines, costs, restitution, jail time, and/or license suspension. If you are under investigation, ...

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Virginia's laws on Driving While Under the Influence are Not Limited to Alcohol. Many people are prosecuted on the basis of smoking marijuana, taking prescription medication (either legally or for recreational use) or a combination while driving.

Posted by Paul McGlone | May 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Virginia's Driving While Intoxicated/Under the Influence law has gone through eras of progression and as it stands today includes much more than just alcohol.  Due to the rise of drugged driving people can be charged with DUI without so much as a drop of alcohol to drink. Many have been arrested ...

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"Drive High, Get a DUI" Campaign: Virginia Police, including Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William Counties, are joining the nationwide dragnet to catch Drivers under the Influence of Drugs (DUID), for Prescriptions, Marijuana, and any other impairment.

Posted by Paul McGlone | May 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Recently, Colorado and many other states have legalized the use of Marijuana, but are still trying to enforce DUI laws where the driver is under the influence of marijuana.  Here's an article on the new ad campaign in Colorado:

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New Anti-Texting Law on Virginia Highways; July 1, 2013

Posted by Paul McGlone | Jul 09, 2013 | 0 Comments

A lot of folks seem to be arguing about the new law, so I am posting the full text here, along with this summary.  The law prohibits reading or sending any text message, but it has a few curious exceptions.  There is an exception for "any name or number that is stored within the device".   Huh? ...

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Sleepy Driving as Dangerous as Driving Drunk

Posted by Paul McGlone | May 04, 2012 | 0 Comments

his item was taken from a blog on the World Sleep Foundation site. Sleepy Driving as Dangerous as Driving Drunk by lowes1 on November 9, 2010 Sleepy Driving is Dangerous and can be as Dangerous as Drunk Driving Says a new AAA study. 40 percent of Americans admit they've fallen asleep while dri...

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DUID in Virginia - Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

Posted by Paul McGlone | Sep 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

Recent information from the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) addresses the problem of determining whether a driver is under the influence of marijuana, or whether the marijuana in his or her system is days, or even weeks, old.  Blood testing is the most reliable method of detecting THC levels, but ...

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Drinking to Avoid a DUI

Posted by Paul McGlone | Mar 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

We are sometimes asked if you can still drink some liquor in front of the cops and that will be a good defense for a DWI.What if I keep a bottle in my car and then drink some after I pull out my keys?   Will that help prevent a DWI conviction in Fairfax County, Virginia?The theory there is that t...

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More about Fairfax Marijuana Dismissals Under Section 251

Posted by Paul McGlone | Jan 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

Previously, and continuously, I have warned clients in Fairfax County marijuana cases of the downside of a 251 dismissal.   More recently my friend and Colleague, Jon Katz, offered similar advice on his blog:   Jon Katz discussing 251 Dismissal.251 Dismissal is also discussed in my recent post on...

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Drunk Proof Cars-- Will Big Brother Save Us??

Posted by Paul McGlone | Jan 09, 2011 | 0 Comments

MADD has adopted a slogan that they will Eliminate Drunk Driving and it seems clear that new developing technology will attempt to impose passive alcohol sensors on all drivers. These devices follow a variety of proposed avenues to sense the presence of alcohol and deny the owner the ability to s...

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Marijuana: Profile of a Fairfax County Possession Case

Posted by Paul McGlone | Dec 09, 2010 | 0 Comments

NORML Legal Committee Attorney Contact Card This post isn't really about profiling, but really just another discussion of how Fairfax handles Marijuana cases and why too many folks are willing to take the “251 dismissal” for first offenders. A very common scenario for marijuana possession charg...

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Non-Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

Posted by Paul McGlone | Nov 30, 2010 | 0 Comments

David Cassidy was arrested in Florida for DWI, and I hope he finds a good DWI Lawyer to defend this case.  Our news link shows a news report that seems to assume that Mr. Cassidy is guilty, but the dashcam Video tells another story. The video shows an officer yelling at Mr. Cassidy, trying to per...

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Operation Shoulder Tap

Posted by Paul McGlone | Aug 03, 2010 | 0 Comments

This "Operation Shoulder Tap" press release from the Fairfax County Police sure seems like entrapment to me.  Thank goodness we have such a forward-thinking police force, protecting us from these people who left their houses with absolutely no intent to commit a crime.

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