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Harrisonburg Virginia DUI Attorney

If you have been charged with a DUI ticket in Virginia and are concerned about the punishment you may be facing, then contact us for help.  We have defended many DUI tickets in Virginia and we can help you as well.

Contact our law firm today to speak with a lawyer today about your DUI ticket.  An attorney from our firm will do his best to help you.

We will do our absolute best to help you get the best result possible based on the facts of your case. Our law firm has the necessary experience to assist you with this matter.

Darren v. Commonwealth

Facts:

Defendant was convicted of misdemeanor hit-and-run pursuant to Va. Code Ann. § 46.2-894, and driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) pursuant to Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-266. Defendant appealed, arguing that the trial court erred in refusing to allow the attorney to cross-examine a witness, who was a passenger in the car, about the witness’s two prior DUI convictions. The court held the trial court erroneously refused to allow cross-examination. Evidence that the witness would receive a harsher sentence because of the other convictions was probative of the witness’s bias in testifying defendant was behind the wheel at the time of the accident.

If you are facing a traffic case in Virginia, contact a SRIS Law Group lawyer for help.  You can reach us at 888-437-7747

Holdings:

The Virginia Court made the following holding:
  • A witness’ testimony is the “improper” evidence the court evaluates, to determine its effect, if any, on the verdict. In performing such analysis, the court evaluates the importance of the witness’ testimony in the prosecution’s case, whether the testimony was cumulative, the presence or absence of evidence corroborating or contradicting the testimony on material points, the extent of cross-examination of the witness otherwise permitted and, of course, the overall strength of the prosecution’s case.
  • A conviction for hit-and-run pursuant to Va. Code Ann. § 46.2-894 requires proof of knowledge. The driver must be aware that harm has been done; it must be present in his mind that there has been an injury to person or property, and then, with that in his mind, he must deliberately go away without making himself known.

Contact our law firm today to speak with a lawyer today about your DUI ticket.  An attorney from our firm will do his best to help you.

We will do our absolute best to help you get the best result possible based on the facts of your case. Our law firm has the necessary experience to assist you with this matter.

Article written by A Sris
Sris Law Group
1-434-509-4004

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