Alexandria DUI Lawyer
While many people don’t take it seriously, a drunk driving conviction can have major repercussions for your future, finances, and family. Get the defense that could see your charges reduced or dismissed by retaining an Alexandria DUI lawyer.
A charge of drunk driving carries with it the possibility of serious legal ramifications. Fines, loss of your drivers license, and possible jail time await someone charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or a controlled substance. Furthermore, a conviction can seriously harm your reputation and leave a mark on your personal and professional life alike.
If you are facing a drunk driving charge, you need a legal representative who will work to have the charges against you reduced or dropped entirely. An Alexandria DUI lawyer from Priale & Racine, PLLC can be an invaluable partner and will give you the best chance for achieving your goal.
DUI Charges and Legal Penalties
DUI charges can be brought against someone driving any type of vehicle—a car, boat, plane, bus, or anything else that qualifies as a motor vehicle. For drivers over the age of twenty-one who do not have a commercial drivers license (CDL), being charged with drunk driving means that your blood alcohol content (BAC) was over 0.08 percent at the time of your arrest.
In Virginia, you do not have the option of refusing a breath test. Being found guilty of refusing a breath test could mean that your license is revoked for one year—even without a DUI conviction. Listed below are some of the classifications of DUIs that do not involve accidents and their attendant legal consequences:
- First Offense Conviction – Mandatory minimum fine of $250, license revocation for one year, up to one year’s jail time, and ignition interlock installed in your vehicle for at least six months
- Second Offense Conviction – Mandatory minimum fine of $500, license revocation for three years, up to one year’s jail time, and ignition interlock installed in your vehicle for at least six months
- Additional Penalty for Second Offense Within Five to Ten Years of the First Offense – Mandatory minimum ten-day jail term
- Additional Penalty for Second Offense Within Five Years of the First Offense – Mandatory minimum twenty-day jail term
- Third Offense – $1,000 minimum fine, indefinite license suspension, prosecution as a class 6 felony
- Three Convictions in Ten Years, Additional Penalty – Indefinite license revocation
- Third Conviction in Five Years, Additional Penalty – Mandatory minimum six month jail-term
If you were intoxicated and involved in an accident that caused injury or death, the consequences become much, much worse.
Your Alexandria DUI lawyer can help explain the charges brought against you and their attendant consequences. We’ll work to have these charges lessened or dropped wherever possible so that you can get back to living your life.
Other Consequences of a Drunk Driving Conviction
Besides the potential legal ramifications, there are serious social costs that come with a DUI conviction. You will lose your license; this limited mobility may affect your ability to work and make a living. DUI convictions carry a social stigma that may impact your ability to get a job, a car, an apartment, and more. As a criminal charge, you will now effectively have a criminal record.
Your monthly car insurance premiums will skyrocket, or you may only be eligible for high-risk, extremely costly insurance. And that’s only after you’ve managed to get your license back.
Your Alexandria DUI lawyer will understand all of the legal and social costs attendant to a DUI conviction. By working with our law firm, you’ll have the best shot of having your charges reduced or dismissed. Doing so will protect your future opportunities, enabling you to live your life the way that you want.
Should I Represent Myself?
If you’ve been charged with drunk driving, you have two options. You may either hire an Alexandria DUI lawyer or serve as your own legal counsel.
Representing yourself is a dangerous choice to make. Most of the time, a prosecutor will not even discuss a plea deal with someone who does not have an attorney. If a prosecutor does offer a plea deal to someone without professional legal counsel, that deal will not be in the defendant’s best interest.
Facing a drunk driving charge can be traumatic, and going through the court system can be a trying, confusing experience. We’ll be a trusted ally who will make certain that you understand everything that you’re up against and what your best option is.
To be convicted of a DUI charge, the prosecutor must prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that you were driving while intoxicated. Your Alexandria DUI lawyer will work to challenge the evidence on which you might be convicted.
For example, Breathalyzer tests are notoriously unreliable. We can examine the maintenance of the device and test records of the equipment on which your prosecution depends. Another area in which an attorney might cast doubt upon the circumstances of your arrest is police conduct. We can examine every frame of a police body camera video and expose if you were wrongfully treated at any stage of your traffic stop.
If the sobriety test that was administered involved testing your balance and coordination, we might be able to successfully argue that rocky or bumpy terrain interfered with the results—not intoxication.
Although facing a DUI charge is intimidating, an experienced legal team can make sure you get the best defense possible. We can examine your unique situation and devise the strongest defense available.
Contact an Alexandria DWI Lawyer
If you are facing a DUI charge, help is available. This is not a traffic ticket and needs to be treated like the criminal charge it is. A DUI conviction will follow you around for the rest of your life, so you need to do everything you can to fight the charges against you, which is where Priale & Racine, PLLC comes in.
Our firm is completely dedicated to helping people in difficult legal situations. We’re experienced defense attorneys who have never worked as prosecutors. We want to help you beat the legal difficulty presented by your drunk driving charge.
Schedule a free and confidential case evaluation with an Alexandria DUI lawyer by calling 703-272-3922 or by using our online contact form found at the bottom of this page. There’s no risk involved in exploring the legal options available for your defense, so don’t delay.