If you’ve recently been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Virginia, you may be wondering whether or not it’s worth the expense to hire an attorney to represent you. After all, aren’t these cases pretty straightforward? Considering how common DUIs are, how serious could the consequences of a conviction be? You may be surprised to learn how much a DUI conviction matters, and how much of a difference it can make to hire an attorney to defend you. Read on to learn about why you need a lawyer for your DUI case.
- There may be reasons why your initial stop or arrest was illegal. If you’re detained or arrested on suspicion of a DUI, law enforcement officers are required to comply with numerous procedures intended to protect your rights under the laws of Virginia and the US Constitution. Without experience in criminal law, it can be difficult to know whether or not police officers acted in accordance with the law when placing you under arrest or interrogating you. An attorney can tell you whether or not your arrest complied with the law, and if not, they may be able to get the charges against you dismissed entirely.
- An attorney will have the time and resources to dedicate to a full defense. If you decide you wish to fight the charges against you, you would need to spend hours learning the laws and procedures necessary to defend yourself, as well as time deposing witnesses, writing out your arguments, and gathering evidence. An attorney will be able to do this work on your behalf, as well as introduce expert testimony on the reliability of chemical tests and other evidence you may not think to include, all in a manner that a court is more likely to find effective.
- The expenses from a DUI conviction will follow you for years. Virginia imposes harsh penalties on first-time DUI offenders, including court fees, fines, loss of your driver’s license, and possible restitution costs. Additionally, even first-time DUI offenders will be required to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle, which involves expensive leasing and installation fees. These immediate costs are in addition to the penalties you may pay in the form of lost work or reduced job prospects due to your criminal record, and the enormous hike in your car insurance rates. Offer yourself the best possible chance of avoiding conviction, or of receiving a reduction in charges, by hiring a lawyer to fight on your behalf.
If you’re facing charges of driving under the influence in Virginia, speak with the aggressive and determined DUI defense lawyers at the Pack Law Group as soon as possible after an arrest by calling 540-586-7225.