Federal DUI/Reckless Driving
Although most traffic offenses are prosecuted in State courts, or in D.C, Supeior Court, if these offenses occur on federal property they are prosecuted in Federal Court. The most common way to end up in Federal court in Northern Virginia is to be charged with Reckless Driving or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) on the George Washington (GW) Parkway. Since the GW Parkway is federal property, your case will be heard in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA). But since the Parkway is located in Virginia, the Virginia DWI or Reckless Driving laws will apply. However, if you are arrested on property owned by the National Park Service, the federal DWI/DUI statute will apply.
Like in Virginia state court, Federal DWI and Reckless driving charges carry a penalty of up to 12 months in jail or a $2500 fine, or both, and can result in the suspension of your Virginia driver’s license. Therefore, if you have been charged with DWI or Reckless driving on the GW Parkway, you should consult a Virginia traffic lawyer with experience in Federal court and in Virginia traffic law. Contact JPMLegal for a free in-office consultation.