Northern Virginia Drunk Driving Lawyer Speeding Reckless Violation Code 46.2-870
Mickey v. Commonwealth
Defendant was convicted in the Circuit Court in Northern Virginia of DUI in violation of Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-266. He had previously pled guilty to speeding in violation of Va. Code Ann. § 46.2-870. Both charges arose from the same course of driving. He asserted that the drunk driving conviction was barred by Va. Code Ann. § 19.2-294.1 because the speeding conviction constituted a conviction for reckless driving.
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The Virginia Court made the following holding:
- Under the plain and unambiguous terms of Va. Code Ann. § 19.2-294.1, one may not be charged and convicted of both DUI and reckless driving. A conviction of either DUI or reckless driving, whether in simultaneous or successive prosecutions, requires dismissal of the other charge if the other charge arose from the same act or acts. Virginia’s double jeopardy statute, Va. Code Ann. § 19.2-294, prohibits multiple convictions for separate offenses arising out of same act, except where convictions obtained in single prosecution. Reckless driving and speeding are separate and distinct offenses.
- The provisions of Va. Code Ann. § 19.2-294.1 do not bar the Commonwealth from convicting a person for DUI after the person was convicted of speeding, even where the charges arose out of the same course of driving and the act of speeding could have given rise to a charge and conviction for reckless driving under Va. Code Ann. § 46.2-862.
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Article written by A Sris
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