Guiding You Through Drunk Driving Charges
A criminal charge for drunk driving can be a frightening experience. You may be unsure about the potential that you will receive jail time, fines and/or license revocation that could restrict your ability to do your job.
At Clark & Associates, we can help you work through the process of responding to a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI). Contact us to get knowledgeable Loudoun and Fairfax County DUI/DWI defense lawyers on your side.
Scrutinizing All the Evidence
If you were given a breathalyzer or other chemical test that showed a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or over, the prosecutor will likely try to prove your DUI/DWI charges primarily on the basis of this result. However, there is still room for an attorney to help you defend yourself against the charges.
One thing many drivers misunderstand is that if you took a test that showed a BAC of less than .08, you can still be convicted of DUI/DWI on the basis of a field sobriety test and/or testimony about your driving behavior. We can help with charges under these circumstances.
The DUI/DWI laws in Virginia are even stricter for alleged juvenile offenders. A defendant under 18 can be convicted on the basis of a recorded BAC of .02 or higher. Our criminal defense lawyers are knowledgeable about juvenile criminal defense.
If you have been charged with DUI/DWI, don't hesitate to get the help you need. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation.
Understanding License Suspension
In Virginia, unlike some other states, your driver's license is immediately and automatically suspended for seven days after you are arrested for DUI/DWI. However, after this "cooling off period," you will get your license back while your criminal case is pending.
If you are actually convicted of DUI/DWI, your license may be suspended for a year or more. However, you do have a right to request a restricted license, allowing you to drive to work and other important locations. We understand the legal standards for granting a restricted license and can advocate for this option if you are convicted.