A family member was struck and killed by impaired driver who has a lengthy 52 prior charges 4 of which are DWI. The others are all moving traffic violations. Appears as though minimal jail time for offender has been a pattern in the past.
The defendant is facing a felony for which, in VA, there are Sentencing Guidelines, if found guilty. Traffic violations, if misdemeanors (like reckless driving, drive suspended etc.) do impact those Guidelines (increasing ultimate sentence.). Judges can exceed the Sentencing Guidelines, since these are discretionary, not mandatory. The prosecutor's victim services agent assigned to this case can discuss this further with you, since he or she will have a better idea of the facts of the case and the background of the defendant.
I agree with my colleague above. You might also consider seeking out a personal injury attorney.
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