Richmond, VA asked in DUI / DWI for Virginia

Q: Virginia felony DUI preliminary heearing

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 typically preliminary hearing lasts and what can be expected at the hearing.

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Stephen Patrick Pfeiffer
Stephen Patrick Pfeiffer
  • DUI & DWI Lawyer
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: 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.

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