Will public opinion affect the outcome of a trial? This is just one of the many questions that may be going through a Virginia resident’s mind as he or she prepares to face charges. When these charges require a DUI defense, the individual answering charges will want to make sure that his or her rights are protected.

In February, one car rear-ended another that was stopped at a red light. Officers claim that the driver who hit the stopped car was speeding and drunk. As a result of this accident, the couple in the stopped car apparently suffered injury and required hospitalization. Most of the publicity surrounding this accident focuses on this couple; however, little is known about the accident itself or the accused individual.

The individual who allegedly rear-ended the other vehicle has been accused of DUI along with several other traffic related offenses. Additionally, he has been charged with DUI maiming; this is a serious charge and carries potentially serious consequences. If convicted, the accused will face fines, jail time and loss of driving privileges.

In a situation such as this one, the accused will want to have experienced legal counsel on his side presenting a strong DUI defense. The evidence presented against him will need to be analyzed. Additionally, how this evidence was collected will need to be reviewed. Currently, public opinion may suggest that he is guilty; however, public opinion is based only on what has been presented by the media. It is up to the Virginia courts to determine if the evidence indicates that the accused is guilty of the crimes with which he has been charged.