If you've been charged with drunk or disorderly conduct, then it's likely that police found you acting unruly or obnoxiously, drunk or loitering in a public space. The reason why this crime is often referred to as "disturbing the peace" is because, while your behavior isn't considered to pose any serious danger to others, it's believed to be either uncomfortable or an annoyance to the public at large.
A charge of driving under the influence (DUI) is dealt with harshly in Virginia. A conviction for such a charge often results in your license being suspended for more than six months, hefty fines and potential jail time. If those penalties weren't scary enough, a conviction for an aggravated DUI charge elevates the crime to a higher level crime. That, in turn, impacts how harsh the penalties will be in your case.
Imagine driving back to the Virginia Tech campus from a party. You and your friends had a great night, but things went sideways when you saw red and blue lights flashing in your rear view mirror. The police officers pulled all of you out of the car, questioned you about your activities that night and proceeded to search your car. In the back seat, they found marijuana and the next thing you know, all of you are in the back of squad cars and heading for jail. But, was the search and seizure really legal?
A recent investigation carried out by the Capital News Service suggests that black Virginians are three times more likely than their white counterparts to be charged with marijuana-related crimes.
Although trial dates get set, most never happen. That's because most cases end up being resolved via a plea deal instead.