Being arrested for driving under the influence in Virginia can result in very serious consequences, especially for drivers convicted of a DUI. Drivers charged with a DUI often worry about the impact it will have on their future, including employment opportunities or being able to get a professional license.
Here in Virginia, and throughout the U.S., binge drinking has come to be commonly associated with the college lifestyle. For many, it is a sort of rite of passage to drink alcohol before reaching the legal age of 21. Although Virginia uses a driver's license design that is meant to be nearly impossible to counterfeit, it is not rare for minors to find a way to drink alcohol in the state. Some minors drink at parties, where they do not need to show identification, and others purchase fraudulent IDs online or on campus.
In attacking driving while intoxicated prosecutions, it is critical to understand the process by which alcohol is absorbed and metabolized to assess whether a breath alcohol concentration alleged by the state is accurate. The issues typically break down into two categories. One is the process by which alcohol is processed by the body. A second set of issues relates to the analysis of the breath or blood sample. This article only focuses on how differences in sex can affect a person's blood alcohol concentration.
The justice system has many tools to convict criminals, but only one has seen great advances over the past decade and identifies criminals with "incredible accuracy," according to The United States Department of Justice. Although the use of DNA samples is clearly a valuable tool, particularly in exonerating the falsely accused, using it for minor criminal infractions presents questions of privacy violations.
Contained in the Bill of Rights is the 4th Amendment to the Constitution. This amendment protects people from "unreasonable searches and seizures" by the government. Essentially, this means that before a law enforcement or other governmental agency is able to "spy" on you, they have to go before a judge to obtain a warrant by providing good reasons for why they should be able to do so.
As America sees thousands of baby boomers turn 65 every day, states are dealing with yet another unseen consequence of the "get tough on crime" stance that has dominated criminal sentencing for decades. It is becoming difficult to care for older inmates.