It is known that getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol is dangerous and could lead to criminal consequences in Virginia and elsewhere. Nonetheless, motorists still drive after consuming alcohol. Such an act could not only lead to a serious automobile accident, but it could also cause a motorist face a DUI and other criminal charges. This is a serious situation; thus, it is imperative that a motorist facing a DUI fully understand his or her situation and how best to move forward with a criminal defense.
According to recent reports, a 41-year-old woman was charged with a DUI following a four-vehicle crash. Preliminary investigation suggests that prior to the collision, the woman was at a convenience store in Williamsburg that afternoon and was denied buying alcohol because they believed she was drunk. It was further asserted that she assaulted the clerk that denied the sale and then sped away from the store in her BMW.
It was then asserted that at the intersection of Merrimac Trail and Penniman Road, she ran a red light, hitting a pickup truck. The force of this collision caused the pickup truck to hit two other vehicles. It was reported that the driver of the pickup truck suffered life-threatening injuries while the drivers of the two other vehicles in the secondary collision were not injured. Additionally, the woman in the BMW that supposedly ran the red light suffered injures that were not considered to be serious.
Additional criminal charges
The woman was charged with a DUI and four counts of probation violation out of Henrico County. The following day she faced additional charges. This included a felony DUI maiming, failure to obey a red light and having expired registration. Investigations are still ongoing regarding the alleged assault of the convenience store clerk.
Facing a DUI and criminal charges stemming from a drunk driving offense is a serious matter, as it could impact the accused both personally and professionally. Therefore, initiating a defense against these charges may be a beneficial step to take. A defense could help the accused reduce or avoid criminal penalties and help him or her protect their reputation.