Not all DUIs are equal. Some people even wonder what the meaning of a DUI is.
Fairfax prosecutors have been accused of being too soft on crime. We're not so sure this is right. As a general matter, prosecutors in Fairfax won't try to wreck your life for smoking a little weed, but that doesn't mean it's a great place to be accused of other crimes, especially DUIs.
Case in point: the Fairfax Commonwealth Attorney's Office just indicted a DC resident with felony manslaughter in connection with a DUI.
The accused is facing up to 20 years on this case, with a mandatory minimum of one year. Involuntary manslaughter is found at VA Code 18.2-36.1.
According to reports, the accused is also being held without bond. One day soon, we'll tell you a bit about speedy trial in Virginia. Suffice it to say here: the prosecutors can try to hold the accused in jail for up to 5 months before they take the case to trial. As you might imagine, unless you're uber rich, 5 months in jail while presumed innocent and waiting for trial would probably cause you to lose your job, apartment, etc.
If you're facing a DUI in Fairfax, don't believe the hype that they go soft on crime. They don't. If you need a lawyer for DUI in Fairfax, give us a call.