Impaired driving is a very serious problem throughout this nation, and Virginia isn't an exception to that. When you think of impaired driving, you can't think about only alcohol these days. Instead, you have to think about alcohol and drugs. Essentially, you would have to include anything that could alter your ability to drive in a safe manner when you think about impaired driving.
Facing drunk driving charges is hard to do, but the difficulty increases when you are facing subsequent charges after being previously convicted. Having multiple DUI convictions can end up meaning that you are labeled as a habitual offender. Understanding what this means and how it will affect you might have an impact on the effort you are going to put into your defense.
Three cases regarding drunk driving chemical tests recently went before the United States Supreme Court. The justices reviewed the cases and issued a ruling that is interesting. In short, people who are stopped by police officers can refuse to have blood tests done unless the police officers obtain warrants, but they can't refuse breath tests.