When Your DUI Case Is Charged as a Felony
Most DUI cases are charged as misdemeanors. That doesn't mean that they represent minor legal problems for the people arrested for drinking and driving, but DUI defendants don't normally face a significant risk of prison. In Virginia, however, there are two ways that drunk driving charges can be brought as a felony. The more common one involves a third DUI arrest within a ten-year period. The less common situation involves a serious or fatal motor vehicle accident attributed to drunk driving.
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If you're facing the possibility of felony charges for a Northern Virginia traffic accident or repeat DUI offender arrest, contact the Sprano Law Firm in Fairfax for a free consultation. Our lawyers work closely with our clients to find the defense strategy that will protect your interests while expanding your options for a favorable outcome.
In cases such as DUI manslaughter or assault, we defend the drunk driving aspects of the case while attacking the evidence of causation. The more we can show that the accident did not result from your conduct as a driver, the more likely it is we can beat the felony charge. The key to success in felony DUI defense is not necessarily to prove an alternative causation scenario. Instead, it's enough to show that the prosecution can't prove its causation theory beyond a reasonable doubt.
For people facing the risk of conviction as a three-time repeat offender, our attorneys also explore the standard DUI defense based on probable cause and the toxicology evidence. We also have the opportunity to attack the prior convictions on any of several grounds. If we can keep a prior conviction out of the record on the current case, you can't be convicted of felony DUI.
Find out how experienced defense lawyers can find ways to protect you from the consequences of a felony conviction. Contact the Sprano Law Firm in Fairfax for a free consultation.