Experienced Defense For DUI Charges In Northern Virginia
Drunk driving charges do not discriminate. They happen to people from all walks of life. For some, the shame and public embarrassment of a DUI arrest can lead them to plead guilty in an effort to put a mistake behind them as soon as possible.
But it is not so easy to shake off the consequences of a DUI conviction. You could face jail time and lose your license for many months. You will have to pay heavy fines and higher car insurance rates. And the criminal record may haunt you in employment opportunities and even volunteering activities.
Call Lenox Law before you go to court for a DUI/DWI charge. There may be opportunities to get your case dismissed, to get it reduced to a lesser offense or to soften the penalties. If you choose me to represent you, you will have more than 25 years of criminal law experience working for you. Contact me if you need representation in Prince William County or the surrounding jurisdictions of northern Virginia.
Yes, A DUI/DWI Is A Serious Matter
Driving under influence (DUI), sometimes charged as driving while intoxicated (DWI), is a misdemeanor crime with major consequences. And the penalties increase if you have aggravating factors such as a high blood alcohol content, a prior DUI or a child on board at the time of arrest. My legal experience can help you no matter the circumstances:
- First-time DUI – BAC of .08 or other evidence of intoxication
- DUID – Driving under the influence of drugs
- Repeat DUI – Mandatory jail time and longer license suspension
- Underage DUI – Any alcohol in the bloodstream of an under-21 driver
- Commercial driver DUI – For truck drivers holding CDL, BAC of .04
- Breath test refusal – Automatic loss of license for one year
- DUI accident – Felony charges if someone was injured or killed
Let’s Look At The Circumstances Of Your DUI Arrest
This may be your first and only contact with the criminal justice system, which could leave you facing feelings of uncertainty and worry. If you choose me to represent you, you gain an attorney who has spent her career in the criminal defense system. My experience, as well as my open and honest communication, can help alleviate the stress you feel during a difficult chapter of your life. You want an attorney who is available to answer your questions and to address your concerns along the way.
When you have been handcuffed and arrested on suspicion of DUI, it can feel like there is no way out. But it may be possible to challenge the government’s case, even if your BAC was measured at .08 or higher. My defense begins with the initial traffic stop. Why did the police pull you over in the first place? Did they have probable cause to make a stop? How did you perform on the field sobriety tests? Did the police have enough visual evidence to proceed with an arrest?
After looking at the circumstances surrounding the traffic stop, my next course of action is to analyze the BAC testing. If you submitted to a Breathalyzer test, was the machine properly calibrated? Was the officer who performed the test properly trained? If your BAC was measured via a blood draw, did the police have a warrant to take your blood?
If a dismissal of the charges is not in the cards, it may be possible to plead down to a lesser charge such as reckless driving. If you are still convicted, you may be able to get restricted driving privileges to drive to work or school. Let me do everything in my power to help shield you from the harshest possible consequences of a DUI charge.
Charged With Drunk Driving? Contact Me For A Free Consultation.
If you or a loved one has been charged with drunk driving or DUI, it is important to seek legal help as soon as possible. Call my law office in Manassas at 703-997-1600 or contact me online for a free initial consultation over the phone or in person.