DUIs Are A True Danger To You
A DUI or traffic violation is more than a minor inconvenience. You could lose your driver’s license and possibly your job or your professional license, not to mention being subjected to fines and possible jail time.
The attorneys at the Pack Law Group are knowledgeable, experienced legal advocates who have handled countless DUI cases and other matters in Central Virginia. We’ll provide the advice and representation you need to get the best outcome in your case.
Virginia’s DUI Laws
Virginia law is very tough on drunk driving, and harsh DUI penalties may await those convicted of driving under the influence (DUI), even for a first offense. Beyond fines, fees and jail time and the loss of your driver’s license, you may face the forced installation of an ignition interlock device on your car and screening for treatment or education, both at your own expense.
The DUI laws are strictest for drivers under the age of 21. Any underage drinker in Virginia caught purchasing, possessing and/or consuming alcohol can face a fine of up to $2,500, up to one year in jail as well as mandatory suspension of their driver’s license. Additionally, you will be facing a minimum mandatory fine of $500 under the Virginia DUI/zero tolerance penalties when you possess a fake ID.
Defenses Against DUI Charges
Even if you were arrested with a BAC over .08%, it is important for you to know that you may have defenses available to help you avoid a conviction. First of all, the police must have had cause to stop you and test you in the first place, and we can often challenge their justification for the initial stop. Also, the evidence against you may be open to challenge as well. Oftentimes police arrest people based on subjective “field sobriety tests” that don’t return scientifically valid results. Even where authorities use scientific equipment such as a breathalyzer, the results delivered may be erroneous.
If the commonwealth cannot prove its case against you beyond a reasonable doubt, you go free. We can help by providing strong defense at trial or negotiating a favorable disposition when a trial is not in your best interests.
How An Attorney Can Help You
Though on the surface the process of handling a DUI crash may seem simple; in reality, it consists of a complex set of determinations that require experience and a trained eye. To be sure, a DUI crash victim may see that they are facing current medical bills, and simply assume that a damages award should be just enough to cover that. A legal professional will look much further into the future, however, and arrive at a calculation that not only takes into account the cost of medical rehabilitation, both now and in the future, but any lasting harms, as well.