My question involves criminal law for the state of: VA
I would like to ask for your guidance and help on a criminal matter in the state of VA. Thank you in advance for any advices.
To summarize, recently, I was cited for a disorderly conduct charge (dis-5311-O1) and an obstruct justice charge (jus-4829-O1) stemming from a traffic violation (u-turn on no u-turn).
Briefly, I had to make a u-turn to a gas station that is on the other side of a road I was traveling as my car was on an empty tank. I noticed that a police car across steet before making u-turn, and I'd thought it would be legal as the gas-station's entrance is right after I make the u-turn.
When officer turned on his flasher, I immediately stopped in the front vicinity of the gas station parking lot, and he asked for my license which I complied in a calm patient manner. As he was writing the citation, I noticed that my car is sputtering due to gas being run out. I moved about 6 feet to the gas pump, got out and managed to start putting the gas.
As the gas is being pumped, I walked to the police officer (in his car) to explain that I had to move the car to the pump the gas as I was running out of gas, and also asked an explanation on what I did exactly wrong (No U-turn).
Immediately, he started yelling and told me that he will arrest me if I don't go back to my car. At this point, I was shocked and dumbfounded but manage to start walking to my car. The police officer got out of his car and pushed me to the hood of his car and put a handcup on me (arrested me). It happened so fast without him giving me a time to walk back to my car, that I was only able to walk from the police car door to the front of the hood. This took less than a minute.
Throughout I was not loud or belligerent but just tried to explain why I had to move my car to the pump and for a clarification to why I was cited.
Anyway, the gist of what I gathered from his supervisor is that the disorderly conduct is from my failure to get back to my car (even though I was walking back to my car as he told me to) and the obstruct justice from resisting arrest (I unknowingly and instinctively put one of my hand on the top of the hood to protect myself from falling hard on the hood as the office tried grabbed both of my arms suddenly.)
Throughout the arrest process, I didn't resist nor talked back at the officer other than asking what is happening to me (from the shock).
My family who was in the car witnessed everything and the clerk in the gas station also saw (he told me he saw everything) as well.
Anyway, I was handcuffed, driven to the station (photoed-figure printed), and then cited for the charges with a future court date.
At this point, not only am I shocked, scared, and trembling, but am worried about what to do next.
If you could please explain the expert's analysis of the whole situation, and guide me what I should do next, what I should expect, what the most likely outcome, etc.., I would be tremendously grateful.
Also, as a someone who works in a government sector (I don't have any criminal record at all), I am worried about the consequences on my employment as well.
Thank you very much!
Scared and worried dad_