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Can I be arrested for refusing to sign a summons in Virginia?

Yes, not only can you be arrested in Virginia for refusing to sign a summons, in fact you will be arrested for refusing to sign a summons in Virginia.  Pursuant to Virginia law, officers are permitted, and in some situations required, to issue a summons to an alleged offender and then release the accused instead of taking the accused into custody and transporting him / her to jail.  However, in order to be released without being taken into custody, the alleged offender must sign the summons as an indication of the promise to appear in court at the date and time noted on the summons.  If the alleged offender refuses to sign the summons, Virginia law requires the officer to take the alleged offender into custody.  

If you have been issued a summons, or were arrested and taken into custody, and are accused of a DUI / DWI, Criminal or Traffic violation and would like to speak with a Virginia DUI / DWI, Criminal & Traffic Defense Lawyer, call The Wilson Law Firm at 703-361-6100 and we'll be happy to discuss your situation with you in more detail.

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