A conviction for driving under the influence, or ‘DUI’, can have a long-lasting negative impact on your life. The state of Virginia, as a rule, has some of the strictest laws concerning DUI. Virginia also has some of the stiffest penalties for those who receive a DUI conviction.
The DUI Arrest
Any arrest is terrifying for the average person, and a DUI arrest is no different. So many things will go through your mind at once. Will you be able to get to and from work? Will they impound your car? How hard is it to get your license or driving rights back? Will you go to jail? Will you be able to pay the fine they will levy on you?
Some people worry about what others will think of them. Driving under the influence is a crime that we widely frown upon, and you may worry people will view you differently due to your arrest. You may even worry that when you go to get a new job or to get a promotion, your DUI arrest could have a negative impact on your suitability as a candidate.
The best thing you can do to solve these problems and to lessen the impact of a DUI arrest is to hire competent legal representation.
Hiring a DUI Lawyer
An arrest is not a conviction. You are facing serious penalties, but an experienced DUI attorney may be able to get your charges reduced or dismissed altogether. There are various defenses for DUI in Virginia, They include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Illegal Traffic Stop – If the police officer who arrested you did not have a valid reason to pull you over, your case could potentially be dismissed.
- Improper Administration of Field Sobriety Test – A field sobriety test, or FST, is given to drivers suspected of driving under the influence. If the officer missed steps or failed to give the test properly, it may help your case.
- Accuracy of Breathalyzer – No machine is perfect. The fact is, sometimes breathalyzers report false positives.