Virginia DWI Defense Attorneys | DUI Defense Lawyer
All fifty states and the District of Columbia have impaired driving statutes, some of which were enacted almost simultaneously with the invention of the motor vehicle. Generally, the impaired driving offense itself consists of the operation, control, or manipulation of a vehicle, in a place accessible to the public, while under the influence of an intoxicant, like alcohol or other drugs, or with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level at or above a certain statutory limit. Possessing a BAC that exceeds the legally permissible level is considered a criminal offense, regardless of whether the driver’s control over the vehicle is visibly diminished. If you have been charged with DWI or DUI, you need our experienced Virginia DUI defense attorneys fighting to protect your rights.
Virginia’s per se law forbids the operation of a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level above 0.08. DUI laws also ban driving under the influence of any narcotic drug or self-administered intoxicant that impairs the driver’s ability to safely operate the motor vehicle. In Virginia, violations of driving under the influence (DUI) and reckless driving laws are generally considered Class 1 misdemeanors, although some circumstances may make the offense a felony. DUI offenses carry the possibility of up to 12 months of imprisonment, fines of up to $2,500, and license suspension. Since Virginia’s adoption of “DUI/DWI Enhanced Punishment” laws in 2004, some impaired driving cases require mandatory jail time upon conviction.
In Virginia, the penalties for those convicted of DUI law vary depending upon the circumstances surrounding the offense. Whether the offense is a first, second, or subsequent offense, whether there was a child in the vehicle at time of the offense, and the driver’s specific BAC may all influence the penalties imposed for a DUI offense. The penalties imposed generally grow harsher with each subsequent DUI conviction. Imposed sanctions also depend upon whether the blood alcohol level exceeded certain levels specified by statute. Virginia’s DUI laws are among the toughest in the nation. Offenders face possible incarceration, financial burden, license suspension, and a felony record.
If you have been charged with a DUI or DWI, call our experienced Virginia DUI defense attorneys at 703-491-7070 or 1-888-407-4529 (toll free) today to discuss your case. We are available 24/7 to help you achieve the best possible outcome in your criminal case.
At Charles B. Roberts & Associates, P.C., our criminal and traffic clients have included NFL football players, platinum music artists, doctors, lawyers, and elected officials. When you hire our firm, our Virginia DUI Defense Attorneys will dedicate personal time and attention to your case to ensure that your concerns are addressed and your legal rights are protected throughout this difficult process.
We handle cases in Arlington, Fredericksburg, Woodbridge, and throughout Northern Virginia.