Don’t Drive Drunk to Prison

An ironic story just came up in the news. A man headed to prison to serve his DUI sentence in Vermont, but he was drunk. And he drove himself.

What a mess! Now this guy is facing a charge of second offense DUI, and he still has to serve the time for the first offense.

A similar outcome would happen in Virginia. Driving anywhere while intoxicated risks you being charged with Virginia DUI.

Where this guy also went wrong (other than driving under the influence of alcohol) was reporting to jail with alcohol in his system. In the Virginia courts where I practice, the judges specifically tell defendants that they cannot show up to jail with any alcohol or illegal drugs in their system. If you violate that rule, any suspended jail time can become active. Instead of serving 5 of 60 days, for example, you may have to serve all of the time.

The moral of the story: don’t drive drunk, especially on your way to jail.

Andrew Flusche

My name is Andrew Flusche. I am a traffic and misdemeanor defense lawyer in Virginia. I limit my practice to traffic tickets and misdemeanor defense, so I know the ins and outs of these offenses. I literally wrote the book on reckless driving in Virginia which you can get on Amazon here or download for free here. I opened my practice in 2008 after earning my Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Since then, I have earned over 600 5-star reviews from happy clients on Google, Yelp, and Facebook. If you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor offense in Virginia, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Your initial consultation is always free, and you'll talk directly with me about the details of your case.

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