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.
It means you are agreeing with all the facts of the government that are being used to prove the elements of the charge. However, you can still present your own evidence that may mitigate or help your defense.
I have been charged with a felony DUI even though I was not driving my vehicle. I have never been charged with a felony before. Is it possible that a plea bargain could be reached after indictment by the grand jury? Possibly to a misdemeanor considering I was not driving the car.
Is it possible that your charge could be reduced? Yes, it is possible but that depends on the facts of the case, the prosecution, the judge and police investigation. The best thing to do to increase your opportunity to have the case resolved favorably is to consult with an experienced DUI defense...Read more »
I have a preliminary hearing today for a felony DUI. I was not driving my vehicle I was parked with the keys in the ignition at the top of my driveway. Giving my circumstance do you think the judge would find probable cause and certify the case to the Grand Jury? Also, do you know how long a... Read more »
In Virginia if the keys are in the ignition and you are in the driver’s seat the case law holds that you are “operating” the vehicle. Hopefully your attorney can reach a favorable agreement with the Commonwealth.
I have been charged with a felony DUI 4th offense in 10 years. I have no felonies on my record as my other DUI's are DUI 1st and two DUI 2nd offenses. I have a pre-liminary hearing this Friday if the officer does not show up for the hearing can the case be dismissed?
I have been charged with a DUI 4th offense in 10 years. I have no felony charges on my record. My other DUI charges are DUI 1st and two DUI 2nd offenses. Can this charge still be considered a "wobbler" and be part of a plea bargain which may reduce this charge to a misdemeanor because of... Read more »
Any charge can potentially be reduced if you work out a plea agreement with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. However, some Commonwealth Attorneys have different policies when it relates to discretion on DUI charges. Talk to a local attorney who can advise you on possibilities and the defences.
Can a felony DUI in Virginia be a "wobbler" meaning can the prosecutor amend the charge to a misdemeanor as part of a plea deal. If so, can this be done at or before the preliminary hearing or at some point in the felony case process. I live in Caroline County, VA.
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