There were 344 drunk driving incidents recorded by the Alexandria Police Department over the course of 2014, according to RAIDS Online. Drunk driving is taken seriously by prosecutors and you can expect to face serious consequences if convicted, even for a first offense. An Alexandria DUI lawyer can represent you and help you explore options for reducing penalties or avoiding conviction for your first offense.
The offense of drunk driving is defined in Virginia Code Section 18.2-266. Under this law, you can be arrested for impaired driving if:
A law enforcement officer can conduct a breath or blood test to determine if you exceed the legal limit for either drugs or alcohol. An officer must have reasonable suspicion that you are driving drunk or have observed a traffic infraction to stop your vehicle and probable cause to test you for drugs or alcohol. If you have questions regarding your traffic stop contact an Alexandria first DUI lawyer to review the specifics of your case.
When you have been arrested for impaired driving, your past record of criminal convictions has a substantial impact on the charges you face. Code Section 18.2-270 defines penalties for driving while intoxicated. This statute imposes progressively harsher sentences for repeat DUI offenders.
Under Code Section 18.2-270, a first offense DUI is a Class 1 misdemeanor. Penalties include a mandatory minimum fine of $250 as well as a one year license suspension.
For those with a BAC exceeding .20 percent, there is a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 days incarceration. A BAC between .15 and .20 can also result in a mandatory minimum five day jail term.
The maximum jail term for a Class 1 misdemeanor is up to a year incarceration according to Code Section 18.2-11.
An Alexandria first offense DUI lawyer can help you to explore options after a first drunk driving arrest. Your case may be resolved:
The right options depend upon your circumstances. Because even a first DUI is serious, it is important to have an experienced legal advocate advising you as to how you can respond to charges.
Do not hesitate to get the legal help you need after your arrest. Contact an Alexandria DUI lawyer today to obtain the legal advice you need.
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