Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a significant matter - even for those who have never had a brush with the law. Drivers pulled over and arrested for a first-offense DUI can lose their driver's license for a year and face other penalties like:
Completion of mandatory alcohol safety programs
Ignition interlock device mandates
Some individuals can even face DUI charges for consuming a minuscule amount of alcohol. Under the law, people under the age of 21, pulled over and found with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .02, for instance, can be charged with drunk driving. For commercial truck drivers, the BAC is .04.
Drivers can even be cited for DUI for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of prescription drugs.
If you or someone you know has been arrested or charged with DUI, there are options. Many drivers are able to plead down the DUI charge to a lesser offense - mitigating potential harm to criminal records, insurance rates, and even college admission and enrollment.
In other instances, however, drivers found with elevated blood alcohol levels (BAC) at the time of the stop and arrest may not necessarily be able to plead down the charge. They could face mandatory jail time and other heightened penalties.
Getting an experienced criminal defense attorney who can provide vital advocacy is key.
As a criminal defense lawyer, I have defended hundreds of individuals in your same situation. Prior to opening my private practice, I worked on both sides of the criminal justice system as a prosecutor and public defender.
I know the law. I can access whether authorities followed proper breath test procedures or search and seizure protocols involving your vehicle or personal belongings. If they didn't, your charges could be dismissed.
I am criminal defense lawyer Will Clemons, and I have defended many people throughout Montgomery County, Virginia, of all ages and situations against DUI charges. Your stop may not have been lawful. Your breath test reading may have read inaccurate results. A search of your vehicle may have violated your constitutional rights. I can find out.
If you have been arrested for a DUI or are the parent of a teenager or college student facing drunk driving charges, contact me to discuss your situation. Authorities do not take these cases lightly. They are often prosecuted by individuals with extensive knowledge of the law who have tried cases before judges and juries many times.
Call (540) 305-3745 or send me an email online to find out how I can help mitigate the consequences for your situation.