This is another prime example of just how corrupt our justice system is. Anyone who has had a DUI, or knows someone who has had one, will tell you it
is one of the most expensive, life altering offenses a person can commit.
Unless of course, you are a Sheriffs Deputy with all the right connections. Before I get into the meat of the story though, lets go over what the
AVERAGE person has to look forward to the FIRST TIME they are found guilty of a DUI here in the good ol Commonwealth of Virgina
A first offense DUI in Virginia will result in a minimum fine amount of $250 plus court costs. You may also be held liable for for up to $1,000 for
the cost of law enforcement and emergency personnel. Add to that the cost of an attorney (which you will definately want) substance abuse counseling
(ASAP/CSAP) which is often required, and the increase in insurance due to SR22 Filing. As you can imagine, the total cost often run well into
thousands of dollars.
The jail sentence for a first offense DUI in Virginia with a BAC (blood alcohol Content) of .08% up to .15% will be at the courts discretion. A BAC
level of .15% up to .20% carry's a mandatory 5 day jail sentence. A BAC level of .20% or greater carry's a mandatory minimum jail sentence of 10-days.
A first offense DUI in Virginia will result in a driver's license revocation period of 12 months. The courts may granted a restricted license during
the 12 month revocation period.
Refusal of Chemical Test
A first offense DUI chemical test refusal in Virginia will result in a 12 month driver's license revocation period with no chance of being granted a
SR22 Insurance Filing
Before your driver's license will be reinstate you will be required to complete an SR22 filing with the DMV. The Commonwealth of Virginia will require
you to keep your SR22 insurance filing with them for a period of 3-years from the date that either you were issued a restricted license or from the
date your license was fully reinstated, if you were not granted a restricted license.
A first time offender who registered a BAC level of .15% or greater will be required to have an ignition interlock device for a period of time to be
determined by the court once their revocation period has ended. Or as a requirement of being granted a restricted license. This is basically a
breathalyzer unit that connects to the ignition of your vehicle. In order to start your car, you have to breath into the device. It also request
random tests once the vehicle is in operation. Fail the test, and you car locks up until you have a technician reset the device, at which time you
will be required to explain why the test was failed. BTW, something so innocent as Mouthwash, or even strong cologne can register a false positives.
And if you were wondering, they don't offer this device or service to it for free.
Now keeping all that in mind, here is a local news story that explains what happens when a Sheriffs Deputy, who is also the son of the Virginia Beach
Sheriff, a former state senator, and the nephew of Virginia Beach Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney, is arrested for a Hit & Run DUI
Personally, having lost my father in a DUI accident at a young age, I find this kind of story absolutely DISGUSTING!
How these people can stand to look at themselves in the mirror is beyond me. These are the people who are paid OUR tax dollars to enforce and uphold
the law with honesty and Integrity. And yet when one of their own is blatantly guilty, we see how quickly and drastically the rules can change. If it
were up to me, everyone involved in this miscarriage would be brought up on charges. No probable cause for arrest? I had thought that a Drunk driver
who hits another vehicle and leaves the scene would have been more than enough cause. And for any of us normal citizens, you can believe it certainly
would have been. I guess the rules don't apply to those whose job it is to enforce them.
edit on 3-5-2013 by LucidFusion because: Typo
edit on 3-5-2013 by LucidFusion because: Fix link