DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE


DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE DEFENSE

If you have been charged with DUI, whether in Leesburg, Fairfax, Manassas or any other Virginia jurisdiction, it is imperative that you hire a lawyer with the experience, knowledge and ability to successfully defend your DUI in Court.

Leesburg DUI lawyer Thomas Rock has successfully defended hundreds of DUI cases. DUI defense is a highly technical area of the law and often involves the interplay of Constitutional, Criminal and Regulatory Law. Additionally, there are numerous scientific defenses to Driving Under The Influence. Mr. Rock will examine your case from start to finish and custom tailor a defense strategy that best addresses your case.

In Leesburg and across Virginia, Driving Under the Influence has become one of the most widely charged offenses and the punishments of a conviction can be life changing. Jail, loss of license, probation and a criminal record are a few of the potential consequences you may face if you are charged with DUI. Having the right lawyer represent you is crucial to your defense. If you have been charged with DUI, contact Leesburg DUI lawyer Thomas Rock today to set up your free consultation.

WHAT IS DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE?

In Virginia, DUI can take many forms. However, the most common type of DUI charged in Virginia is a violation of Virginia Code Section 18.2-266 as it relates to alcohol.

Virginia Code Section 18.2-266(DUI) 

Code Section 18.2-266 sets out .08 as the “legal limit” in Virginia for DUI cases, it states in part: 

“It shall be unlawful for any person to drive or operate any motor vehicle, engine or train (i) while such person has a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or more by weight by volume or 0.08 grams or more per 210 liters of breath as indicated by a chemical test” 

In addition to the language listed above, Virginia Code Section 18.2-266 (DUI) also criminalizes Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID). 

Whether you are charged with DUI or DUID, Mr. Rock will work with you to develop a comprehensive legal defense strategy. As a lawyer in Leesburg he has represented hundreds of DUI clients and has a thorough understanding of the complexities of these cases

WHAT IS THE PUNISHMENT FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE?

Upon conviction for a first DUI, defendants are exposed to numerous potential punishments including:

  • Incarceration for up to 12 months
  • Criminal Record
  • Fine of up to $2,500.00
  • Loss of Driving Privileges
  • Ignition Interlock
  • Supervised Probation
  • ASAP

DUI PUNISHMENT AND YOUR BLOOD ALCOHOL CONTENT (B.A.C.)

In Virginia, there are enhanced mandatory minimum punishments for persons convicted of DUI with an elevated B.A.C (Blood Alcohol Content). These include a mandatory term of incarceration of 5 days in jail for a DUI conviction where the  B.A.C. level is  between .15 and .20 and a mandatory term of incarceration of 10 days in jail for a DUI conviction where the B.A.C. level is above .20.

In addition to the DUI punishments listed above, persons convicted of a second or subsequent DUI face enhanced punishment which can include additional loss of license, additional jail time and other court requirements.  

Persons charged with third or subsequent DUI can be convicted of a felony depending on the circumstances. A felony DUI conviction can lead to long term incarceration and permanent revocation of your right to drive in Virginia.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a criminal offense in Leesburg, Fairfax, Winchester or any other jurisdiction in Virginia, contact Thomas Rock today for a free consultation.

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