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Maryland Man Charged With DUI & DUI Maiming In Virginia

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A Maryland man faces charges for driving under the influence (DUI), DUI maiming, and other crimes in Virginia, according to an article by NBC affiliate WWBT.

This incident occurred on August 18 at approximately 11 p.m. That is when the Maryland man allegedly caused an accident on Interstate 95 by crashing into a firetruck. As a result of this incident, four passengers and one firefighter sustained non-life-threatening injuries and received medical treatment.

When police responded to this incident, they detected signs of intoxication and arrested the Maryland man for DUI. Local authorities also charged the Maryland man with DUI maiming and several other criminal offenses.

While this matter continues to develop in legal circles, it seems appropriate to review the Virginia laws against and penalties for DUI and DUI maiming.

DUI Laws & Penalties in Virginia

The state laws against DUI appear under Code of Virginia Section 18.2-266. This section makes it unlawful to operate a vehicle while under the influence or impaired by:

  • Alcohol;
  • Drugs; or
  • A combination of substances.

The state penalties for DUI appear under Code of Virginia Section 18.2-270. Although there are various circumstances that can adjust the corresponding penalty, DUI is typically punishable as follows:

  • First Conviction — Class 1 misdemeanor with a mandatory minimum of $250 in criminal fines and, sometimes, five to 10 days in jail;
  • Second Conviction (within 5-10 years) — Class 1 misdemeanor with a mandatory minimum of $500 in criminal fines and 10 to 20 days in jail;
  • Third Conviction (within 5-10 years) — Class 6 felony with a mandatory minimum of $1,000 in criminal fines and 90 days to six months in prison; or
  • Fourth or Subsequent Conviction (within 10 years) — Class 6 felony with a mandatory minimum of $1,000 in criminal fines and 12 months in prison.

DUI Maiming Laws & Penalties in Virginia

The state laws against DUI maiming appear under Code of Virginia Section 18.2-51.4. This section makes it illegal to commit DUI with a reckless disregard for human life and also unintentionally:

  • Cause serious bodily injury to another person; or
  • Inflict permanent and significant physical impairment to another person.

When DUI maiming involves serious bodily injury, it is a Class 6 felony. Upon conviction, the punishment can include criminal fines up to $2,500 and imprisonment for one to five years.

When DUI maiming involves permanent and significant physical impairment, however, it is a Class 4 felony. Upon conviction, the punishment can include criminal fines up to $100,000 and imprisonment for two to 10 years.

Do You Need Legal Help?

If you need legal assistance with DUI or other crimes in Virginia, it can be exceedingly beneficial to contact a dependable Leesburg criminal defense attorney. The attorneys at Simms Showers LLP appreciate the nuances of mounting an effective criminal defense in cases involving DUI. If you need legal help with criminal defense, contact us today for a free initial consultation.

SOURCES:

nbc12.com/2022/08/20/man-charged-with-dui-after-injuring-virginia-firefighter-passengers-accident/

law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title18.2/chapter7/section18.2-266/

law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title18.2/chapter7/section18.2-270/

law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title18.2/chapter4/section18.2-51.4/

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