Legislator Faces Zero Charges for DUI Arrest in Christiansburg

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Most people think that after they are arrested for a DUI, the case is done and that there is no way they can get out from under such a reputation destroying incident. This may come as a surprise to most people, but simply being arrested for a DUI does not mean you are convicted for a DUI. The Virginia DUI attorneys at Randall Page, P.C. want to talk about a case here in Virginia about a legislator facing a serious charge, but using the law to rightfully get himself out with no charges.

What happened in this Virginia DUI case?

In January 2020, delegate Chris Hurst admitted he had been drinking when police pulled him over and issued a sobriety test early Sunday morning.

At 2 AM, officers pulled over Hurst because he was swerving through the fog and drive above the posted speed limit. The officers on approach noticed that Hurst’s eyes were red and the inside of the car smelled of alcohol.

When he was administered a field sobriety test, he registered a .085 which is above the legal limit. Here is the problem is a breathalyzer test: it isn’t admissible in court. The test needs to be done at the station and by the time he got there, he would be under the legal limit. The officers did not let Hurst drive home but instead escorted him home.

Having a case where the blood alcohol is barely over the limit leaves people room to argue their case before a court, but they need legal help to do it. Having a DUI on your record can cause untold harm, haunting you in numerous ways from court battles to custody hearings, difficulty applying for jobs to just the shame of having this on your record.

Unlawful DUI Arrests Cause Unnecessary Pain

Driving while under the influence is undoubtedly a problem, but the law has an obligation. The law must follow the right procedures across the board.

Being convicted of your first DUI in Virginia means:

  • One year mandatory license suspension
  • At least a $250 fine
  • Ignition Interlock Device (you are unable to drive your vehicle.)
  • Vehicle impoundment
  • Restitution for any damages

These costs add up quickly. Losing the ability to drive for a year as well as the compounding fines whether from the court or for restitution can be a crippling cost. We want you to fight a DUI so you are not under the control of the state, taking away your rights to get to work, pick up your kids, and take care of your family.

Please call us for a free consultation of your case

If you have been arrested for a DUI and you want representation please call us immediately so we can conduct a full investigation into your case. A DUI conviction can cause such burdens as:

  • The strain on transportation needs
  • Mandatory reporting for job applications
  • Loss of job and/or licensure
  • Financial burdens
  • The strain on family relationships

When you need a Virginia DUI lawyer, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 757-517-8956 for a free case consultation.

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