Getting Arrested for DUI is a Serious Event

A DUI conviction has very serious ramifications to your life, ramifications that can continue to impact you long after the conviction. Worse still, in many ways, a DUI conviction carries with it a social stigma, a judgment about the person who has the conviction.

The best way to avoid a conviction on DUI charges is to never drive drunk. We are living in a time and place where we have many ways to get home from the bar after a night of drinking without having to worry about a DUI charge. You can use the tried-and-true methods; bringing along a designated driver, or having the bar call a cab for you. You can also use more modern solutions, like using an app to get a ride with an app like Uber or Lyft. Getting a ride from Uber or a cab may be expensive, sure, but it’s nowhere near as expensive as a DUI conviction.

After the Arrest

Prevention is the best policy, but things don’t always work that way. If you’ve already had law enforcement arrest you and charge you with a DUI, the best thing that you can do is to find a lawyer. A lawyer can help you to navigate the legal system on this difficult and trying charge, and their assistance can be valuable. A DUI lawyer in Sussex County can assist you in a number of ways, but two stand out as the most valuable to you:

  • Prevent Conviction
  • Secure Driving Rights

Penalties for DUI in Virginia

If convicted, you face penalties including:

  • Suspended driver’s license
  • Probation or jail time
  • Ignition Interlock
  • Other Court imposed penalties

You’ll also have difficulty getting insurance, and when you do, the premiums will be at a very high rate.

DUI in Sussex County

Police and judges in Sussex County, VA are serious about DUI. If you’re arrested and convicted, you will face serious penalties. It is important to hire an attorney familiar with the way the Courts in Sussex work. The DUI lawyers at Leavitt & Martin have worked numerous cases in Sussex County. They understand how the Court works, and they are familiar with the judges. This experience will aid in a successful resolution to your case.

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An Arrest is Not a Conviction

A DUI conviction in Virginia carries some very stiff penalties. You may face up to a year in prison, 2,500 dollars in fines, and revocation of your driving rights. None of these consequences are easy to live with, and together they make things very difficult for the person receiving the conviction. These are just the consequences for a first-time conviction; a second or third-time conviction will be even more serious and dire.

Luckily, an experienced DUI lawyer has many ways that they can help to minimize the likelihood of a conviction, and that means you are more likely to have less serious penalties. You may have your charges reduced to something less serious or even dismissed completely.

Driving Rights

An experienced Sussex County DUI lawyer can help restore your driving rights. Upon your arrest, law enforcement will likely take your license and hand it over to the courts. For many, being unable to drive is an immense burden that makes working and running a household much more difficult. However, with a quality lawyer, you may be able to get these rights restored.

There are a few steps to the process, including getting proof from your insurance that you are carrying proper insurance. You may also have to install an ignition interlock into your car, which is basically a breathalyzer that you breathe into before you are able to start your engine. The process can be hard to navigate on your own, but with the help of a DUI lawyer with experience, you will be back on the road much more swiftly.

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Sussex General District Court Information:

Clerk: Ms. Frances M. Fountain

Clerks Office Hours:
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Phone/Fax: Phone: (434) 246-1096 Fax: (434) 246-6604

Address: P.O. Box 1315, 15098 Courthouse Road, State Route 735, Sussex, VA 23884

Judges: Hon. Stephen D. Bloom, Presiding Judge, 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 only for cause.

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