DUI/DWI in Northern Virginia
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If you have been charged with a DUI, you should not hesitate to speak to an attorney about the circumstances surrounding your arrest. Even on the first offense, a DUI can carry serious penalties, so you will not want to leave your fate to chance by attending your court date without representation. Retaining the legal services of the Johnson Law Firm, PC can keep you out of jail. It is the most important action you can take immediately after being arrested. I can give you the necessary information so you understand exactly what is happening and how to win your case.
Reasons to Hire a DUI Attorney
Following a DUI, you might face hefty fines, license suspension, jail time, and mandatory drug and alcohol counseling. In addition, there might be long-term consequences, such as loss of employment or higher auto insurance premiums. Therefore, the cost of professional legal services may be well worth the investment.
Possible Defenses in a DUI Case
When you visit the office for a DUI consultation, I will ask a series of questions to get a complete picture of the events that led to your arrest. There are many possible defenses in DUI cases, even in situations where the driver was intoxicated at the time he or she was pulled over. Here is a closer look at some of the strategies I might utilize to build a defense in your case.
Improper Stop – One of the most frequent DUI defenses is that the officer did not have probable cause to pull the vehicle over in the first place. If you were not told why you were pulled over, there is a good chance that the officer did not have sufficient reasoning to suspect that you were intoxicated.
Inaccurate Testing – There are several different tests that might be administered during a traffic stop with suspicion of a DUI. From field sobriety testing to breathalyzers to blood tests, there are many areas where errors can take place, causing inaccuracies that falsely point to your guilt.
Unlawful Police Action – While somewhat uncommon, there are situations in which failure to follow proper police procedures can affect the outcome of a DUI case. It is important to provide as much detail as possible about your traffic stop and arrest to ensure that your rights have been upheld throughout the justice process.
Unavoidable Circumstances – In addition to defenses that rely on wrongful arrest or unlawful police action, it is possible to build a defense while admitting to drinking and driving. If, for example, an individual has unknowingly ingested alcohol or been threatened to drive under the influence, there may be an affirmative defense built to reduce penalties for the charges.
To get the representation you need after a DUI, call Johnson Law Firm, PC at (703) 670-0761. I am committed to fighting for my clients, so I will not settle for plea agreements or violations of your rights.