Serious Consequences for Virginia DUI Convictions

Most people are aware of the severe penalties associated with driving under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving under the influence of drugs (DUID). Even first-time convictions carry a fine ranging from $250 to $2500, a one-year license revocation and, if the blood alcohol content (BAC) is high enough, a mandatory jail sentence. For a second offense, the mandatory fine is doubled, as is the mandatory jail sentence, and the license suspension is for three years. Third offense can be charged as a felony. Of course, the penalties increase with each successive conviction, as do the negative impacts to your reputation in the community and opportunities for employment.

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What you can expect from my representation:

Recently I represented three clients charged with DUI in Virginia. One case was completely dismissed because the Commonwealth could not prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. The other cases were reduced to reckless driving charges with no license suspension or jail time. Please note that case results depend on a variety of factors and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in your case.

If you are facing DUI charges, I can help you minimize the damage that these charges can have on your life. Sometimes this means getting the charge totally dismissed, and sometimes this means minimizing any possible jail time or license suspension. I represent local and out-of-state clients in criminal DUI trials and in refusal charges in the State of Virginia. I maintain a strong commitment to helping my clients with the best legal defense possible while remaining available to them throughout the challenging legal process.

Experienced DUI Defense

As a Virginia DUI Lawyer, I assist Virginia clients living in and around Chesterfield and the Greater Richmond area, as well as out-of-state motorists who face DUI charges. I will consult with you to determine any issues the Commonwealth may have in proving their case beyond a reasonable doubt. Remember, it is the Commonwealth’s burden to prove every element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. If the prosecutor who is handling your case does not do this, you want an attorney who is prepared to jump on any and every defense available.

Possible Defenses

Some common aspects of DUI cases that I have used successfully include:

  • Breathalyzer: Although police use breath and blood tests regularly to determine the blood alcohol levels of drivers, there are many scientific problems, inherent inaccuracies and common mistakes made in the use of these machines which can lead to inadmissible evidence.
  • Roadside tests: The standardized field sobriety tests also bring a wide range of inherent problems and user errors that can minimize their importance to the court and help my clients’ cases.
  • Initial traffic stop: The officer who pulled you over must be able to articulate a reasonable suspicion for pulling you over. I have had cases dismissed where this was not proven at trial.

As an experience Virginia DUI Lawyer, I take great pains to research these issues thoroughly, to give my Virginia DUI clients the best defense possible against these charges.

Contact a Virginia DUI Lawyer ∙ 804-873-4004

If you have a pending DUI in Virginia, the sooner you contact me, the better. As your attorney, the more time I have, the more I can do to help your case. I offer a free, no-obligation initial consultation, so you can talk over your case with me and get the information you need to make smart decisions in your case. Call me directly at 804-873-4004 or contact me online.

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