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DWIs would stop at your driveway under Va. bill

“Senate: Allow DWI at driver’s home,” the headline reads on the website of our sister publication, Virginia Lawyers Weekly.

Color me intrigued.

Back in October 2014, the Supreme Court of Virginia upheld the DWI conviction of a Charlottesville man found asleep in his car in his private driveway.

But Virginia Senate Bill 308 would undo the ruling by creating an exception to Virginia DWI laws for persons “driving or operating a motor vehicle on his own residential property or the curtilage thereof.”

A group representing Virginia prosecutors and other advocacy groups are opposing the bill, with some worried about bifurcating the state’s DWI laws.

It passed the Senate on Feb. 8 and is now in a House committee.

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