If you have a DUI charge in the Northern Virginia area, the experienced lawyers at Westlake can help
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Being charged with driving under the influence can result in severe consequences without the right legal representation. From court fees to incarceration, the only way to minimize the impact of a DUI conviction is to ensure you have a knowledgeable legal team by your side.
Westlake Legal Group acts as your ally following a DUI charge. We’ve represented countless individuals charged with driving while intoxicated throughout Northern Virginia. Consult with our expert team of DUI attorneys by contacting us today!
Know Your Rights
Before you operate a vehicle in Virginia, it’s important to understand your rights — especially when it comes to DUI arrests. The following outlines some of the most important things to remember during a traffic stop:
The Commonwealth of Virginia has implied consent laws, meaning that simply by taking the wheel, all drivers give consent to taking a breathalyzer or blood test if an officer pulls you over on suspicion of drunk driving. It’s important to note, however, that you may refuse a preliminary breath test, but you will likely then receive administrative penalties against your license.
Depending on the type of DUI charge you receive, your punishment will vary. There are mandatory sentences that depend on the specific type of conviction and the level of blood-alcohol content (BAC) the driver had at the time of the traffic stop. Punishments are also dependent on the defendant’s driving record.
Below are the punishments for convicted persons with an unreasonably high BAC (> 0.2):
Consult with your Westlake Legal Group DUI attorney to better understand your options and get the expert defense you deserve.
Depending on whether your employer mandates a background check, they may not find out that you have been charged with a DUI. However, there is no guarantee that they will not become aware of the charges
To be convicted of a DUI in Virginia, defendants do not necessarily have to be driving at the time of their arrest. Many cases have been successfully prosecuted without the defendant having been driving at the time of their law enforcement encounter. If this has happened to you, consult with a DUI lawyer to understand what legal options may be available.
If you or someone you love has been convicted of a DUI, contact the team at Westlake Legal Group today. Our expert DUI attorneys have helped countless Virginia residents get the legal representation they need following a drunk driving accident. Schedule an initial consultation with our team and start litigating your case today.
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