Arrested for DWI? Presented by Guest Blogger VA DUI Attorney Ann Thayer of Price Benowitz LLP

Arrested for DWI?

Presented by Guest Blogger VA DUI Attorney Price Benowitz LLP 

Have you been charged with a DUI in the Commonwealth of Virginia? Are you unsure of the legal implications of a Virginia DUI and where to turn for assistance? Ahead, you’ll find information explaining the nature of a DUI charge and how an experienced Virginia DUI attorney can help. 

The stress related to a criminal charge can be enormous, but understanding the law and your rights can assist you in moving forward.  In the future, you can avoid a DUI and the related consequences by refraining from driving after drinking. It’s as simple as that—if you’ve had a drink, don’t drive.   Driving under the influence is an extremely serious charge, and with some of the toughest DUI laws in the nation, Virginia seeks to prosecute these charges aggressively. Cases move quickly and involve a variety of elements ranging from the evidentiary to the constitutional.

In Virginia, a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or higher means you are legally considered to be driving under the influence and therefore in violation of the Commonwealth’s criminal code. Whether you are operating a car, motorcycle, moped on a public highway, boat, or other watercraft, the BAC limit of 0.08 is applicable. If you’ve been charged with a DUI, it means that you either met this threshold or had a lower BAC level but were nevertheless found to be impaired while operating a motor vehicle.  If involved in a car accident, law enforcement—with probable cause—may arrest you for a DUI for up to three hours from the time of the accident. Additionally, all Virginia DUIs are automatically reported to the Central Criminal Records Exchange. In other words, a DUI arrest in the Commonwealth of Virginia may mean you now have a criminal record. Such a record could impact your ability to seek employment, rent an apartment, and obtain desired and/or necessary security clearances.

Penalties for a DUI vary in severity and depend on whether it was your first, second, or third offense or beyond. An aggressive legal defense can help mitigate, reduce, or eliminate serious consequences and protect your Virginia driving privileges.  Price Benowitz LLP’s Virginia DUI lawyers have a record of success—aggressively working to defend against DUI charges and protect their client’s interests. The team at Price Benowitz LLP understands the importance of a strong attorney-client relationship and will work with you to achieve an optimal outcome.

This blog post is presented by the Virginia criminal defense attorneys at Price Benowitz LLP. Attorney Ann Thayer manages the Virginia practice with years of experience, focusing solely on criminal defense.


Thank you to Attorney Thayer for this post! New Hampshire DWI Attorney Mark Stevens

1 comment:

  1. A person accused of impaired driving doesn't always have to be guilty. That's why is very important to know how to defend yourself if you're innocent...hiring a lawyer to represent you in front of a judge is the best way fight such a decision.
    I know someone that was charged with impaired driving Toronto and with the help of a specialized lawyer was able to prove his innocence and avoid paying a huge ticket and off course having the license suspended.