DUI arrests in Richmond, VA can happen for the most unlikely reasons.
For example, an addendum at the bottom of a report issued this past spring by Virginia Commonwealth University police stated:
Only 8 percent of those charged with drunken driving by the university’s police department this academic year were students.
That means the other 92 percent were regular citizens. A DUI stop can happen anywhere, at any time, for any reason. Police officers are members of the law enforcement community authorized to place you under arrest. As shown in this example, you can also be stopped by specialized police forces, animal control officers, or park rangers – any federal or state official vested with the authority to arrest.
VCU police arrests for DUI during the 2012-13 school year in Richmond were up 70 percent over the prior year. Ironically, the spike in activity wasn’t due to increased drunk driving. The police force, with the help of changes in Virginia DUI law, became more focused. They initiated a DUI education campaign in conjunction with targeting other driving offenses, such as texting while driving and vehicle equipment violations that can inadvertently lead to a DUI arrest.
If you are charged with DUI in Richmond it is unlikely you will face a jail term exceeding 48 hours if:
- Your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is under 0.15
- You are a first time offender
- You maintained cooperation with law enforcement
- You possess a good driving record with a valid driver’s license, and
- There was no accident.
When you are charged with DUI in Richmond, VA, remain calm and follow instructions. Provide only information the officer requests. Remind yourself you are innocent until proven guilty, and call one of the exceptional criminal defense lawyers at Boone Beale. With many decades of experience in the Richmond courts our attorneys have represented thousands of clients just like you with many successful outcomes. The sooner you call Boone Beale, the sooner we can begin reconstructing events, conducting interviews, and collecting evidence to build a strong case in your DUI defense.