Arrested for DUI in Virginia

Getting pulled over for a DUI is likely to be among the worst experiences of your life. The instant you’re pulled over, your mind races with worries about what will happen to you. Will you go to prison? Will you lose your license? What will your friends and family say? What will happen with your job, or your ability to get a better job in the future?

The best way to avoid these worries, of course, is to not drink and drive. Making use of the newest advances in technology, using ridesharing apps, is a great way to avoid having to drink and drive. You could also appoint a friend or a member of your party to be the designated driver and to drive everyone else home. You could even call a taxi. All of these are cheaper than getting a DUI and involve much less hassle.

Prevention is obviously the bet option, but what if you’ve already been arrested? If the police arrest you for a DUI, you want to get help from someone who understands the process of righting your life after the arrest. You want a lawyer familiar with DUI cases, someone who can help you navigate the court system and the process of restoring your driving rights.

Virginia DUI Penalties

Virginia is notorious for harsh penalties for DUI. Even if this is the first time you’ve ever been arrested, you’re facing serious consequences. You are facing:

  • Time in jail – length depends on BAC and other factors
  • Expensive fines as high as $2500
  • Probation – You’ll have to check in with a probation officer monthly
  • An interlock device in your vehicle – paid for by you
  • A suspended license

In addition, your insurance deductible will likely go through the roof. You’ll also face consequences regarding work. You may be fired on the spot, or you may lose your job because you have difficulty getting there.

An Arrest in Dinwiddie County

Emporia Virginia DUI Lawyer

In Dinwiddie, like other counties in Virginia, DUI drivers are pursued aggressively. Police officers are out looking to arrest drivers, so getting a DUI is not uncommon. As soon as you are arrested, however, you want to start working to ensure the best outcome possible. That means finding an experienced Dinwiddie DUI lawyer who will look out for your best interests.

Since you were arrested in Dinwiddie, it makes sense to find an attorney who has experience with Dinwiddie Courts. The team at Leavitt & Martin has been practicing law in the area for several years, and they know how the local courts work. When you hire Leavitt & Martin, you gain an advocate who will aggressively seek a positive outcome for your case.

Defenses to a DUI Arrest

The DUI attorneys at Leavitt & Martin have successfully represented a number of clients in DUI and other criminal cases. Because of that, we know what to look for in your case. We’ll ensure that the stop initiated by police was legal in the first place. If not, this could be grounds for dismissal. In addition, an improperly administered field sobriety test or breathalyzer can lead to a reduction in charges or an all-out dismissal.

Our team will pursue whatever defense appropriate for your case.

Other Types of Criminal Cases

Leavitt & Martin is not limited to DUI defense. In addition, we represent clients in the following areas:

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Emporia General District Court Information:

Clerk: Ms. Sandra Andleton Ligon

Clerks Office Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Phone/Fax: Phone: (434) 634-5400 Fax: (434) 634-0049

Address: 315 South Main Street Emporia, Virginia 23847

Judges: Hon. Stephen D. Bloom, Chief Judge, Hon. C. Ridley Bain, Hon. Bruce A. Clark Jr., Hon. H. Lee Townsend III

Continuance Policy: First continuance granted by Clerk; subsequent continuances granted by Judge.

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