You’ll need to get the name of the person who drew the blood from a discovery response from the Commonwealth Attorney. Thereafter you’ll need to check to see if that person is qualified under 18.2-268.5.
No my license are being suspended on August 22nd and I haven't even been to court yet my court date is November 7th I haven't legal aid lawyer she will not even return my calls nothing I'm getting railroaded and I can't do nothing please help me at least give me a direction to file a motion to stop... Read more »
Is there a law that governs Motions to Suppress evidence in Felony DUI cases? For example, does the motion have to be submitted by a certain time? Would there be a hearing before trial or would the motion be argued at trial (scheduled for a trial by jury)? If there are laws that govern this... Read more »
Generally, motions to suppress are to be raised before trial and heard before trial unless the parties agree to consolidate the matters for trial. Please see Virginia Code 19.2-266.2. https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title19.2/chapter15/section19.2-266.2/
Does anyone know if a motion to suppress evidence in a DUI felony case happens before the actual trial date? If so, does the judge review the motion with my lawyer, prosecution, and police officer in a private hearing?
The motion to suppress can happen before court, or in some cases, the parties will agree to hear the matter before the trial. The judge will review the motion and hear the evidence regarding the motion and thereafter make a ruling.
Not if you are able to defend against these charges in court. That is the first line of defending your CDL. If you are convicted of DWI/DUI your CDL will be revoked but I do not believe it is indefinite in VA.
Yes, the level of your blood alcohol level only creates a rebuttable inference of impairment. If the court finds beyond a reasonable doubt you drank enough alcohol to affect your speech, manner and disposition they can still convict you.
After my Grand Jury day I said that my next court date would be a plea. I have changed my mind and will be going forward with a judge trial. My question, is will my original court date for plea change because of going with judge trial.
Yes you can. If it was truly private property the blood alcohol results may not be admissible against you. But in Virginia you can be convicted for DUI on private property. The definition of “Operation” by the courts is very broad. Simply having your key in the ignition is enough.
The Grand Jury would need to hear evidence from someone to determine if probable cause existed. The officer will most likely be present. If not, I would assume the Commonwealth Attorney would not present the case to the Grand Jury until the officer would be present.
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