DUI Alexandria Virginia Lawyer Speeding Reckless Violation Infraction

DUI Alexandria Virginia Lawyer Speeding Reckless Violation Infraction

Jackson v. Commonwealth
Facts:

In a motion to dismiss, defendant challenged a charge of driving while under the influence of intoxicants in violation of Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-266 after his speeding charge was converted to reckless driving because it violated Va. Code Ann. §19.2-294.1.

DUI Alexandria Virginia Lawyer Speeding Reckless Violation Infraction

DUI Alexandria Virginia Lawyer

Issue:
  • Whether conviction for speeding bars the conviction for DUI?
Discussions:

Defendant was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants and with speeding 55 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone. Both charges grew out of the same driving activity. Defendant prepaid the speeding charge and claimed that Va. Code Ann. § 46.2-862 converted his speeding charge to a reckless driving charge. Defendant alleged that he was convicted of speeding by virtue of this payment of the fines and costs and therefore he could not be prosecuted for the driving under the influence charge because Va. Code Ann. § 19.2-294.1 prevented dual convictions of driving under the influence and reckless driving. On review, the court disagreed holding that defendant’s argument required that he be charged with and convicted of reckless driving. The court stated that speeding was a traffic infraction and reckless driving was a misdemeanor. In addition, the court determined that § 19.2-294.1 only applied if defendant was charged with driving under the influence and reckless driving. The court held that where the evidence supported prosecution under two parallel statutes, the Commonwealth had the right to elect under which statute to proceed.

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