A Nottoway County DUI charge is considered a Virginia criminal charge. If you or a loved one is facing a DUI charge in Nottoway County, do not go through the frightening ordeal alone and contact a Nottoway DUI lawyer today to learn more about the law, your case, your options, and how you can start building a defense now.
DUI charges are taken seriously in Nottoway. It is a class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail. An experienced Nottoway DUI defense attorney understands the complex procedures, testing, and science specific to DUIs.
If a person is driving erratically or recklessly he or she is eligible to be pulled over by the Nottoway County Police. Once pulled over, the Nottoway County Police will begin a DUI investigation by asking you for the driver’s license and registration.
With this simple task, the police officer is observing the driver’s motor skills by his or her ability to listen to and follow directions. If the police officer notices that the driver has bloodshot eyes, smells of alcohol, or slurred speech, he will likely ask the driver to step out of the vehicle.
Once outside of the vehicle, the Nottoway County police officer will ask the driver to submit to Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. This series of roadside testing may include the Walk and Turn test, the One Legged Stand test, and the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test.
The Nottoway County police officer will be looking for certain clues, such as loss of balance and inability to listen and follow directions, to determine if the driver is intoxicated.
Our qualified and experienced Nottoway DUI lawyers know all of the clues that the Nottoway County police deem as signs of intoxication, and know how to fight failed field sobriety testing in court.
Sometimes, a Nottoway County police officer will ask a suspected drunk driver to submit to chemical testing of their blood or breath. The most common form of chemical testing is a breath test. A Breathalyzer machine is used to measure the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of a driver.
If the results of the breath test indicate that a driver has a BAC of 0.08 or higher, he or she will most likely be arrested for a Nottoway County DUI. This is true even if the driver’s ability to operate a vehicle was not impaired by the consumption of alcohol.
A Nottoway DUI attorney from our Firm knows that the accuracy of the breathalyzer machine is not always 100%, and has the knowledge, skill, and experience to fight breath test results.
Our team has a staff of skilled Virginia criminal lawyers and Virginia DUI lawyers who are ready to fight for you today. For a free phone consultation to discuss the details of your case with a qualified Nottoway DUI attorney please call our offices today. If you have a court date in Nottoway County Court, be prepared and find useful information on our website.
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