You can be charged with DUI in Fauquier County for violating any of the subsections of VA Code 18.2 – 266 which may include driving with a blood alcohol content of above 0.08, or driving under the influence of narcotics, intoxicants, or a combination of drugs and alcohol.
When facing these charges, a combination of local procedures, local law enforcement officer practices and local personalities all make practicing DUI defense unique in Fauquier County.
As a result it is important you consult with an experienced attorney in Fauquier County as soon as possible after you are charged. Call today and schedule a consultation to discuss your case.
DUIs are an area of focus for law enforcement officers because they are a public safety issue. Officers are tasked with keeping the public safe from dangerous drivers on the road. DUI drivers are seen as dangerous because they are causes of accidents, and they are causes of fatalities on the roadways and therefore DUI laws are enforced very vigorously by law enforcement.
Fauquier County officers heavily enforce DUI laws in a variety of ways including one of which is by setting up DUI checkpoints. In Fauquier County checkpoints are fairly common, even more so than some of its neighboring jurisdictions in the summer months.
Most frequent DUI checkpoints are found near Route 28, specifically in Midland, Virginia and near the town of Warrenton which is the seat of Fauquier County.
There are certain nuances in the law enforcement practices that are the favorites of local law enforcement entities — whether it is the town police department, Fauquier County Sherriff’s Office, or the Virginia State Police. For example, local law enforcement agencies in Fauquier county like to use certain equipment violations as a basis for their stops for alleged DUI offenses depending on the location and the time of night.
For example, it is not unusual for violations of not having a taillight, turn signal or violating the equipment code requiring no placard to be hanging from your rear view mirror to be enforced later in evenings and during the weekends in the Fauquier County than during the weekdays or in the afternoons.
In addition to equipment violations, Fauquier County officers typically look for DUI driving behavior as taught to them in their DUI detection training. This may include driving too slow for road conditions, failing to react responsibly to road conditions, failing to stop at stop signs or stop lights, failing to maintain lanes or failing to use turn signals or failing to turn on headlights when leaving a private parking lot or driveways, and failure to maintain the roadway in turn.
If you are pulled over for any of these reasons and then charged with DUI or another offense, consult with a Fauquier County DUI lawyer today to discuss your case.
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