Fighting DUI Charges In Virginia
At the Robert T. Dearborn Law Office, I have extensive experience defending clients charged with driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated (DUI/DWI). In addition, I have defended over 5,000 clients charged with criminal traffic violations in Fairfax and throughout Virginia. Even a first offense DUI with low BAC may be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Second drunk driving offenses are even more serious. You want an experienced and knowledgeable DUI/DWI lawyer on your side so you can fight for a fair disposition of the case.
Avoid Serious Penalties
In Virginia, a conviction for driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated (DUI/DWI) entails both criminal and civil penalties, which can include:
- Loss or suspension of license for up to three years
- Large fines up to $2,500
- Mandatory substance abuse treatment
- Mandatory jail time
- A criminal record
In addition, a DUI/DWI conviction – the commonwealth’s declaration that one is a “drunk driver” – may carry long-lasting effects on your career or social stigma.
An Offense By Any Other Name
A drunk driving offense may be known by many names:
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
- Operating under the influence (OUI)
- Operating while intoxicated (OWI)
- Driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII)
- Driving while under the influence (DWUI)
Although it may be known by many names, most states have similar requirements that must be proven to convict, including:
- Control – “Driving” or “operating” implies that the alleged offender must have been in control of the vehicle. What is considered “control” over the vehicle may vary according to the state and the particular circumstances, including whether the defendant was in the driver’s seat, awake and in possession of the keys; whether the vehicle was running or out of gas; and other considerations.
- Vehicle – In some cases, operation extends beyond cars, trucks, motorcycles and vans. You may wish to meet with an attorney to discuss whether motorboats, mopeds, snowmobiles, electric wheelchairs, golf carts or all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are included in the offense definition.
- Intoxication – The police gather evidence of intoxication using field sobriety tests (FSTs), including finger-to-nose, one-legged stand, walk-and-turn, horizontal gaze nystagmus, counting backward and reciting the alphabet tests. In addition, scientific tests, including the Breathalyzer, may be administered. In every state, a person with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher is considered legally intoxicated.
If you’ve been charged with drunk driving or just stopped or arrested, it is in your best interest to discuss your options and rights as soon as possible with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Talk With An Attorney Who Knows How To Fight DUI Charges
DUI/DWI laws are complex, and the guidance of a skilled and knowledgeable lawyer can put your mind at ease that your case is being handled competently and your rights are being aggressively defended. Contact the Robert T. Dearborn Law Office by phone at 703-350-4804 or email for a free initial half-hour consultation to discuss the specifics of your case.