DUI Attorneys in Bedford, VA
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. Even a ticket that seems relatively minor at the time can have more serious consequences down the road, as points build up on your license, and subsequent offenses are treated more harshly when there are previous convictions on your record. Every ticket or arrest should be treated seriously, and the attorneys at 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 DUI Laws
Virginia law is very tough on drunk driving, and harsh penalties may await those who are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI), even for a first offense. Beyond fines, fees and jail time, you face the loss of your driver’s license, being forced to install (at your expense) an ignition interlock device on your car, and being ordered into screening for treatment or education, again at your own expense.
You may already know that if stopped on suspicion of DUI and a breath test shows a breath alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or more, you can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI). But you may not know that you can be charged with DUI even if your BAC is less than .08%, if the police have other evidence that your ability to drive is impaired. Also, under Virginia’s open container law, you could be charged with DUI if there is an open container of alcohol in the cabin and it appears you have been drinking.
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 their justification for the initial stop can often be challenged. Also, the evidence being used against you may be open to challenge as well. Often times arrests are made based on subjective “field sobriety tests” that don’t return scientifically valid results. Even where scientific equipment such as a breathalyzer is used, if this equipment was not properly maintained and calibrated, it may deliver erroneous results showing you to be over the limit when you were really weren’t.
If the Commonwealth cannot prove its case against you beyond a reasonable doubt, you are entitled to go free. We can help by providing a strong defense at trial or negotiating a favorable disposition when a trial is not in your best interests.
Help is Available for Virginia DUI & Traffic Violations
If you have been arrested for DUI in central Virginia’s Bedford, Lynchburg and Roanoke counties, contact Pack Law Group for help from a team of experienced and dedicated DUI defense attorneys.