Virginia lawmakers are sending a warning to bars and restaurants that serve intoxicated persons: Under legislation pending in the Virginia State Senate, police officers would be authorized to ask motorists pulled over for drunk driving where they consumed their last drink. The information would be then be reported to Virginia’s Alcohol Beverage Control Board. A person taken into custody has the constitutional right to remain silent, however.
Under current Virginia law, selling alcohol to an intoxicated person can result in a criminal misdemeanor prosecution and administrative penalties.
The Courts of Justice Committee in the Virginia Senate voted unanimously this week to send the “final drink” measure to the floor for a vote by the entire body. The Virginia House has already approved a similar bill. Should the bill clear both chambers, it will require Gov. McDonnell’s signature to become law.
If you–or a loved one–-have been injured in a Virginia automobile accident brought about by an impaired driver, you need to know your legal rights. Contact the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C., Toll Free 877-544-5323, for a no-obligation consultation.