Aggressive, Experienced Virginia DUI Lawyer
Facing a DUI charge in Virginia can be a frightening, demoralizing experience – especially since both law enforcement and the court system thoroughly prosecute alleged offenders in the Commonwealth. If you have been charged with DUI, you need to make an informed decision regarding the best possible way to proceed. To do that, you need a knowledgeable and experienced Fairfax County DUI lawyer to explain to you the DUI statutes in Virginia, recent court decisions, and how they apply to your specific circumstances.
Virginia defines a DUI violation as driving or operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol level of .08% or more, while under the influence of alcohol or other narcotic drugs or intoxicants. Moreover, law enforcement does not need to administer a blood alcohol test to secure a conviction for drunk driving.
The sentences that come with a DUI conviction can be severe. The maximum penalty for a first offense is one year in jail, a $2,500 fine, and the loss of driving privileges for up to one year. In addition, a person convicted of DUI must attend a mandatory alcohol safety program called the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program. This costs several hundred dollars to complete, and the state will not pay the tuition. A conviction can result in increased insurance premiums, and future opportunities in employment or education may face negative consequences as well.
Defenses against a DUI Indictment
A competent Virginia DUI lawyer will investigate every possible defense against a DUI indictment. The officer may have had no clear reason to stop the driver at all. If no blood alcohol test was taken, or if the blood alcohol level was under .08% and police cannot produce evidence of erratic driving, there may be reason to assert the driver was not impaired. Law enforcement may commit errors while conducting a field sobriety test or administering a breathalyzer test. A Fairfax County DUI lawyer from Jezic & Moyse LLC. will pursue every strategy to attack a DUI charge.
If you currently face charges of driving while intoxicated, the first course of action you need to take is to contact the office of Jezic & Moyse to discuss the circumstances surrounding your case. In addition, we will thoroughly explain the possible negative consequences of a guilty verdict so you can make the right choices on how to proceed.
If you choose to hire a Fairfax County DUI lawyer from our office, you will have assurance that our attorney will put your best interests first. Our attorneys examine and investigate all of the evidence in your specific case to build a strong defense. In some cases, we may be able to secure a dismissal of all charges or a finding of not guilty. In other circumstances, you may determine that it is in your best interest to discuss a plea for a lesser charge, or to plead guilty and allow your lawyer to work for the lowest level of sentencing possible. Whatever legal strategies you opt for, Jezic & Moyse will guide you through each step of the legal proceedings.
Driving under the influence is a serious criminal charge with severe consequences should you be convicted. This is not a simple traffic ticket for which you mail in a small fine. Representing yourself in court can have lifelong, dire results. To protect your interests and your future, retain an aggressive, competent lawyer, gather all the information possible regarding the potential penalties upon conviction, and make an informed decision to minimize the impact on your life. A DUI can follow you for years. It makes no sense to navigate the complex legal system without the best help possible.
If law enforcement questions you about any involvement in a crime, charges you with a felony or misdemeanor offense, or arrests you on a criminal complaint, you have a Constitutional right to have an attorney. Prior to answering questions or providing any statements to law enforcement, contact Clifford Clapp at Jezic & Moyse, LLC., so that he can advise you immediately on how to protect your rights. Through diligence, experience and integrity, he will seek every option to resolve your case through acquittal, dismissal, reduced charges or the lightest sentence.