Virginia DUI Reduced to Reckless Driving


Virginia Lawyer Has DUI Reduced to Reckless Driving

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Upon conducting field sobriety tests, police arrested our client on suspicion of DUI

One of the Virginia DUI lawyers at Weiland Upton recently had a DUI charge reduced to reckless driving. The reduced charge resulted from the police officer’s reason for the stop.

Police stopped our client for failure to dim his headlights. Upon being stopped, the police officer smelled the odor of alcohol and noticed that our client had red, glassy eyes. The officer asked our client if he had been drinking. Our client responded that he had been earlier in the day. The officer asked our client to step out of the vehicle and proceeded to conduct field sobriety tests, to which our client performed poorly.

After refusing to take a breathalyzer test in the field, our client was arrested and taken to the police station. There, police conducted a breathalyzer test. Results show that our client’s blood alcohol content was at .14, well above the legal limit.

After hiring the Law Firm of Weiland Upton, our Virginia DUI attorney went to work pulling apart the case and was able to challenge the charge based in the reason for the stop. Section 46.2-1034 of the Code of Virginia states that “[w]henever a vehicle approaches an oncoming vehicle…the driver of such vehicle shall use the low beam of his vehicle’s headlights so aimed that glaring rays are not projected into the eyes of the oncoming driver.”

The police stopped our client for high beams, but our client was not operating the vehicle’s high beams at the time of the stop. Police mistook the fog lights for high beams and therefore stopped our client unlawfully.

As a result of the unlawful stop, the lawyer at Weiland Upton successfully argued for a reduction of the charge from a DUI to a Virginia reckless driving charge. As such, our client saved thousands of dollars in future insurance costs, avoided the employment stigma of a DUI conviction, and saved himself from the many ramifications that come with a DUI conviction in Virginia.

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Richmond Football Player Guilty of Virginia Reckless Driving

Richmond, VA Football Player Guilty of Reckless Driving

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Jimmy Speros pled guilty to reckless driving in Richmond, VA

A University of Richmond football player recently pled guilty to reckless driving in a Richmond, Virginia traffic court. James L. Speros, Jr. was charged with reckless driving and hit and run following an accident in Richmond’s West End.

Speros pled guilty to misdemeanor reckless driving and misdemeanor hit and run. The misdemeanor hit and run charge was reduced from a felony. Speros was fined $1,000 and given twelve-month suspended jail sentence.

The incident occurred in February when Speros drove his pickup truck through a stop sign, hitting an SUV and causing it to strike a brick wall. The two occupants of the SUV were injured.

Speros walked away from the scene and was arrested three days later for hit and run. According to the Richmond Sheriff’s Office, he faced a magistrate and was given a $3,500 unsecured bond before being released.

Jimmy Speros is an offensive lineman for the University of Richmond Spiders. He is also the son of noted NFL coach Jim Speros.

University of Richmond Director of Athletics Jim Miller said Speros has been allowed to continue on-campus football activities, including practice, but that no decision had been made as to reinstating him fully in the university’s football program.

Speros was found guilty of hit and run and reckless driving in Richmond, Virginia.

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Lawyer Has Virginia DUI Case Dismissed


Virginia DUI Dismissed in Court

A lawyer from Weiland Upton recently won a DUI case in a Virginia courtroom

The Law Firm of Weiland Upton successfully defended a client against a DUI, 1st offense charge in a Virginia courtroom. The Court dismissed the charge that the client was driving under the influence.

The client, whose identity will remain confidential, was stopped by police for weaving within his or her lane and for crossing both the white and yellow road markings. Upon pulling over, police conducted field sobriety tests on the client. The client performed poorly and police arrested him/her on suspicion of driving under the influence. Officers transported the suspect to an area hospital for a blood test.

Analysis of the blood sample showed that two illegal substances were present in the client’s blood stream at the time of the police stop.

In court, the attorney advised the defendant to plead not guilty and the case went to trial. The lawyer was able to successfully argue that a chemical analysis of the accused’s blood was not sufficient in proving that the substances detected in the blood sample impaired his or her ability to drive. The attorney also suggested the possibility that an underlying medical condition may have caused the defendant to drive erratically.

As a result of the arguments posed in trial by the attorney from Weiland Upton, the Court found the defendant not guilty of DUI in Virginia.

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Driver Not Guilty of Reckless Driving in Spotsylvania

Driver Charged with Reckless Driving after Hitting Virginia Radio Host

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Brian Strobel (pictured) was struck by a vehicle while walking his dog. Ralph Rupillo was accused of reckless driving in his death.

A Virginia man has been found not guilty of reckless driving in Spotsylvania, VA. He was accused of reckless driving in an incident that killed noted local radio personality Brian Strobel.

Ralph Thomas Rapillo was charged with reckless driving when his vehicle ran off the road and struck Strobel.

Judge Ricardo Rigual ruled in Spotsylvania County General District Court the evidence was not sufficient in supporting a reckless driving charge. He declared Rapillo not guilty.

The accident occurred in the early evening hours of March 7, 2012 as Rapillo was driving his 2001 Nissan near Harris Mill Court in Spotsylvania. His vehicle ran off the street, hit a mailbox and struck Strobel who was walking his dog off the roadway.

Strobel was thrown onto the hood of the vehicle and then to the ground where he was run over. He was pronounced dead on the scene. The vehicle then hit a garbage receptacle before coming to a stop in a nearby yard.

Rapillo stopped at the scene and dialed 911. It is unsure what caused Rapillo to lose control of his vehicle. Police say weather conditions were clear and there were no signs of drug or alcohol use. Phone records also show that the accused was not on his cellular device at the time of the accident.

Mark Gardner, Rapillo’s defense attorney, argued there was no evidence his client was driving recklessly: “The mere fact that an accident occurred does not automatically mean it was reckless driving. Mr. Rapillo has civil liability, not criminal.”

The Court agreed. Ralph Thomas Rapillo was found not guilty of reckless driving in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

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DUI and Reckless Driving Charges in New Kent Pursuit

Virginia Reckless Driving, DUI Charge in New Kent Chase

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Lopez-Morga slammed into a New Kent Sheriff’s cruiser on Interstate 64

A Richmond man is charged with reckless driving and DUI in New Kent County, Virginia, among other charges. He has been taken into custody.

Angel Rafael Lopez-Morga was arrested following a police chase and accident on Interstate 64. He is charged with attempted murder of a police officer after striking a New Kent Sheriff’s deputy. He was also charged with malicious wounding a police officer, eluding police and hit & run, in addition to driving under the influence and reckless driving.

The incident occurred when the New Kent Sheriff’s Office were alerted to an erratic driver on the highway. As police responded, they learned that the suspect had turned around and was driving his vehicle in the wrong direction on I-64.

New Kent Sheriff’s Sgt. Brent Thomas managed to pull the car over. After ignoring Thomas’s verbal commands, Lopez-Morga’s vehicle took off, hitting Thomas’s cruiser. The accident broke Thomas’s hand and left him with several other minor injuries.

Police say the suspect, when finally stopped, refused to exit his vehicle and resisted arrest.

Sgt. Thomas was taken to Memorial Regional Medical Center and released. Lopez-Morga was treated at VCU Medical center and later handed to police. He is currently being held without bond at Henrico Jail East.

Lopez is charged with DUI 1st and reckless driving, among other crimes, in New Kent County, VA.

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Reckless Driving in Fatal Dinwiddie Accident

Teen Faces Reckless Driving Charge in Dinwiddie, VA Crash

A teenager was charged with reckless driving in Dinwiddie, Virginia in an accident that left one passenger dead.

Virginia State Police say 19-year-old Timothy Quarles was driving a Nissan Maxima when he lost control of the vehicle in Dinwiddie, VA.The car hit a ditch and flipped at least five times before landing in a cornfield. 15-year-old Shaylin Herrin, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle. Herrin was pinned beneath the car and died on the scene. A 16-year-old passenger sitting in the back seat also failed to strap on his seatbelt. He survived.

Police say neither speed nor alcohol were factors in the crash.

The accident occurred just after 9 PM on Carson Road in Dinwiddie County. Quarles, Herrin and another passenger were headed home from a youth group meeting at the First Assembly of God in Petersburg, VA.

Friends and family describe Herrin as a kind, respectful girl. She was a member of the JROTC at Dinwiddie High School and aspired to join the Air Force after graduating.

A day after the crash, administrators at Dinwiddie High School postponed SOL testing so that counselors and teachers could focus on grieving students.

Police charged Timothy Quarles with failure to maintain proper control— reckless driving in Dinwiddie County, Virginia.

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Virginia to Collect Speeding and Reckless Driving Fines

Virginia Speeding and Reckless Driving Ticket Fines

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Hopewell police patrol Interstate 295 in Virginia

Virginia is attempting to curb the number of speeding tickets some cities and counties are issuing to drivers on the state’s roadways.

The Virginia General Assembly included a provision in the state budget declaring that if the amount of money a jurisdiction collects from speeding ticket and reckless driving fines exceeds 40 percent of its total revenue, the state will appropriate half of the money. Those funds will then be placed into the state’s literary fund which pays for school construction projects and teacher retirement plans.

The provision comes after motorist group AAA Mid-Atlantic reported that the Hopewell Sheriff’s Office was using “heavy-handed enforcement tactics” on a section of Interstate 295 in Hopewell, VA. The group calls the two-mile stretch of road the “Million Dollar Mile.” Approximately 1,000 speeding tickets are issued per month on I-295 in Hopewell.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Hopewell’s revenue from speeding and reckless driving tickets has increased from $160,000 a year when the I-295 project began to about $2 million last year.

Martha Meade with AAA Mid-Atlantic believes that the provision will allow police “to continue upholding the law and continue to collect … the appropriate amount of revenue.”

The Hopewell Sheriff’s Office has responded to the allegations by stating that officers only ticket drivers who speed over 81 miles per hour, which is considered reckless driving in Virginia.

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