When Do You Need A Virginia Beach DUI Lawyer?
You probably don’t know it yet, but DUI Law is one of the most complicated set of laws in Virginia. Many jurisdictions, like Virginia Beach, in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia are beginning to crack down heavily on those charged with a DUI – and even those charged with their first DUI. If you are convicted of your First, Second, Third, or subsequent DUI, the penalty you could face is severe. If you have been arrested for DUI in Virginia Beach or surrounding areas, contact our experienced DUI Defense Lawyers for a free evaluation of your case.
If you have been charged with a DUI (also known as Driving While Intoxicated/DWI) in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, or on the Eastern Shore, Contact us now to schedule a Free Consultation with an experienced Virginia Beach DUI Attorney. More about driving while intoxicated available here.
What Can A Virginia Beach DUI Lawyer Do For Me?
Given the complexity of DUI law, you are already working at a big disadvantage without a lawyer. Some people assume that if they took the breath test and the reading was higher than the legal limit, a defense attorney cannot help much. That’s not true. Remember that the Commonwealth must be able to prove your guilt, and just because you took a breath test does not mean they will be able to prove your guilt. In fact, there are over ten different statutory and procedural requirements the Commonwealth must meet before they can even tell the judge about your breathalyzer results, much less convict you of the crime. The nature of breath tests, both the ‘field test’ and the breathalyzer at the station, require many procedures to ensure accuracy — unless you have a DUI Defense Attorney that understands each of those requirements, you could be wrongfully convicted based on inaccurate breathalyzer tests or tests that were performed incorrectly.
But with an experienced Virginia Beach DUI Attorney, you can make the law work for you instead of against you. The top 6 reasons to hire an experienced Virginia DUI Attorney for your case:
1. Virginia Beach is Tough On DUI’s.
Virginia prides itself on being tough on driving intoxicated charges. If you are convicted, the judge is not going to take it easy on you just because you have a clean record. You need an experienced DUI Defense Attorney to fight on your behalf to try to get you the best possible outcome, and preserve or limit the damage to your criminal record as well.
2. Virginia DUI law is extremely complex.
Each year volumes of books are published detailing the complexities of intoxication law in Virginia. You already have enough to worry about. Let an experienced Virginia Beach Defense Attorney worry about all the little details, so you can get on with your life. I will keep the Commonwealth accountable in their prosecutions, making sure that they are forced to prove they can meet each and every element of the charges against you.
3. The Commonwealth gets to have its own attorney, and so should you.
When you go to court for your trial, the Commonwealth will probably have its own attorney as city of VIrginia Beach recently announced. That Commonwealth’s Attorney has already tried possibly hundreds of cases and knows Virginia DUI law. You deserve to have your case tried on a level playing field, and I will give you that edge. My experience as a Virginia Beach DUI defense attorney means the Commonwealth will have to ‘put their cards on the table’. And where they can’t prove their case against you, that charge will be dropped or dismissed.
4. You need somebody to make the police officer play by the rules.
There are several procedural requirements that each police officer must follow, or else certain evidence is inadmissible in your DUI trial. For instance, did you know that the “alphabet test” that your police officer likely administered to you is not one of the three NHTSA-approved Field Sobriety Tests? But if you don’t know what those requirements are, you make the police officer’s job much easier than it should be. I work hard to know each of those requirements, and I will force the police officers to strictly play by the rules in their investigations and arrests.
5. You need somebody to tell your story in the way the judge wants to hear it.
One of the biggest misconceptions many of my clients have about their Virginia DUI case is that if the judge simply knew their side of the story, the judge would understand and dismiss their case. The honest truth is that your judge hears hundreds of stories just like yours everyday, and after a while they all start to sound the same. You need an experienced Virginia Beach Defense Attorney to tell your story the way that your judge wants to hear it.
Law enforcement officers must follow strict procedures when it comes to DUI stops and arrests. They can only pull you over if you are displaying signs of intoxication while driving, or if they were tipped off by a witness. Additionally, they cannot make an arrest unless there is adequate proof of intoxication, such as a failed sobriety test, breath test, or blood test. Police misconduct is very possible in the administration of any such test, and I am prepared to thoroughly investigate every detail of your case to determine whether or not you have grounds for defense.
By retaining me as your Virginia Beach criminal defense lawyer, you will have my personal attention and expertise at your disposal. Whether you are facing a first DUI offense or multiple charges, I understand the detailed and complex nature of Virginia’s traffic laws and I will fight your charges based on the facts. I handle every case myself instead of passing it off to an associate. This ensures that it is thoroughly investigated, and that we are ready for trial.
6. Even if all the facts are against you, you don’t always deserve the harshest punishment.
Many people charged with a driving intoxicated in Virginia have what they think is an unwinnable case. The police officer’s evidence is so heavy against them, there is no way they can win. BUT there are two parts to every Virginia trial – Determination of Guilt or Innocence, and then Sentencing. Even if you have a hopeless case in the Guilt or Innocence phase, you still need an experienced Virginia DUI Attorney to do his best to get you the best possible sentence. We will not stop fighting for you.
If you have been charged with a DUI in Virginia, especially in Virginia Beach or Norfolk, you need to act fast to get an experienced DUI Defense Attorney. There are many things that need to be done in your case in order that you have the best possible defense.
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