Arrested for DUI

Many of us enjoy a drink now and then, and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, if you get caught drinking and driving, that fun drink with lunch or the few pints with dinner can quickly go from being a fun time with friends to being a bad decision, and a costly one. A DUI on your record can have implications in every facet of your life, and negatively impact your life for a long time to come.

DUI Charges in Greensville County, Virginia

If law enforcement arrests you for a DUI in Greensville, Virginia, all is not lost. An arrest is not a conviction, even if it does feel like one in the case of a DUI. You need to make sure that you get the help of someone who is an expert in DUI cases in Virginia, and DUI cases in Greensville, Virginia, in particular.

Virginia is one of the strictest states in the country when it comes to DUI cases. A first-time offender is in for a handful of punishments, including the following:

  • Up to a year in jail (mandatory based on BAC)
  • Loss of license
  • Up to $2,500 in fines
  • Probation

The court can also demand that before you drive again, you install an interlock ignition in your car. This device will lock your car down if you blow into the onboard breathalyzer and it detects alcohol. It is expensive and will be paid for by you if a judge requires the device.

What to Do After the Arrest

Greensville DUI AttorneysThe best thing to do, of course, is to never drink and drive in the first place. It has never been easier for you to avoid drinking and driving. You can turn to a friend and have them be your designated driver. You can ask the bar to call you a taxicab, and many of the better bars and restaurants even have struck deals with local cab companies to get a better rate. You can use a ridesharing application on your phone, like Uber. All of these are less hassle, less expense, and will be much better for you in the long run than driving drunk.

But if it’s too late for prevention, and police have arrested and charged you, you should know what to do. After the arrest, the best thing that you can do is to find a Greensville County DUI attorney with experience who will be able to guide you through the trial, as well as being able to help restore your driving privileges so that you can get back on the road.

Virginia DUI Penalties

Virginia, and Greensville County specifically, take DUI charges very seriously. If a Virginia Court convicts you of DUI, you’ll be facing penalties that include, jail time, fines as high as $2500, probation, loss of license, and more. In addition to criminal penalties, your car insurance rate will go up significantly, and your carrier may even drop you.

In Greensville County, judges frequently require convicted DUI drivers to install an ignition interlock device in their car. If this happens to you, you’ll have to incur the cost, adding to the fees you have to pay for a DUI.

The Benefits of Hiring Leavitt & Martin as Your DUI Attorneys

After a DUI arrest in Virginia, law enforcement will take your license from you. There are two ways to get it back; ensuring the court doesn’t convict you of a DUI or a similar offense that includes a suspension of your license as a penalty, or going through the process of restoration of the right. The first is the preferable way to go, of course, but it’s not always possible. The process of restoring your driving rights, even with limitations, is a difficult one, and a DUI lawyer will be able to help guide you through it quicker than you likely could find your way through it.

The real benefit of a DUI lawyer is what they can do for you in the courtroom. Their assistance can be of great benefit to helping you get off with a lesser charge or no charge at all, and that is the best outcome you can hope for. If you need help with a DUI case, please do not hesitate to Call 804-873-4004 and schedule a free consultation.

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Greensville 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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