DUI and DWI Virginia Defense Lawyers
DUI defense lawyers at the Sprano Law Firm in Fairfax, VA, provide effective defense in DUI/DWI cases throughout Northern Virginia state and federal courts.
If you have been charged with a DUI or DWI …
The experienced DUI & DWI defense attorneys at the Sprano Law Firm can help. Driving Under the Influence or Driving While Intoxicated charges can have serious consequences. Even for a first offense DUI charge, a conviction can carry the possibility of a jail sentence, a significant costly fine, and at least a 12 month suspension of your privilege to drive. If your blood alcohol level (BAC) at the time of arrest measured .15 or greater, you could be required to serve at least a 5 day mandatory minimum sentence. If the BAC was greater than .20, the mandatory minimum increases to 10 days in jail. If you are charged with a 2nd offense, the required jail time goes up to 20 days. There are defenses however. A skilled and experienced DUI lawyer can often poke enough holes in the prosecutions case to get the charge reduced and sometimes dismissed altogether.
Legal Defenses in DUI/DWI Cases
The first step in mounting an effective defense to your DUI case is finding an attorney who knows how to ask the right questions. Why did the police pull you over to begin with? Can the officer articulate a reasonable basis for suspecting that you were violating the law? What field sobriety tests were performed? Were they properly conducted and scored? Did the police officer have probable cause to arrest and charge you with DUI? Is there a video from the police car’s dashboard camera that may contradict some of the officer’s assertions? Beyond all of that, there are a number of technical procedural requirements the police and prosecutors must meet in order to get the results of any breath or blood test into evidence. Finally, considering all of the evidence and the totality of circumstances, is there enough for the judge to conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that you were driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated?
DUI Sentencing Issues
Even in a case in which the police and prosecutors do everything right, an important part of our job as DUI defense lawyers is making sure that you get a fair deal. We know which arguments to make to the prosecutors and judges in order to keep the sentencing consequences of a DUI conviction to the minimum. Often this involves effective plea negotiations to try to reduce the severity of the charge. We do everything we can to get felony DUI charges reduced to misdemeanors, and to avoid the application of mandatory minimum jail sentences whenever possible. Since all DUI convictions require at least a 12 month suspension of your driver’s license, we will negotiate and/or argue for a restricted operator’s license, allowing you to continue to drive to work, school, medical appointments, and child-care obligations.
Defense Against DUI and All Related Charges
With more than two decades of combined experience serving people accused of DUI / DWI in Fairfax and throughout Northern Virginia, the DUI defense lawyers at the Sprano Law Firm defend against all misdemeanor and felony DUI / DWI charges in both state courts and federal courts, including the following types of cases:
- 1st Offense DUI / DWI charges
- Elevated BAC cases
- 2nd Offense DUI / DWI charges
- DUI / DWI accident cases
- Felony DUI / DWI 3rd or subsequent offense
- DUI Manslaughter
- DUI related Hit and Run
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
Our office is located near the Fairfax County courthouse. We are open for appointments Monday through Friday, and available by phone and e-mail seven days a week.
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