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Fighting to Win Your Virginia Drunk Driving Case
If you are facing charges for drunk driving, you may be facing jail time, huge fines, loss of your driver's license, and a criminal record that can destroy your reputation and job opportunities. At A. R. Pike Law Firm, we understand what is at stake when it comes to DUI charges. We also thoroughly understand the laws, procedures, and requirements for investigating your situation so as to build a proper defense.
Our firm works aggressively to ensure that your best interests are maintained throughout the legal process. Our experienced Lynchburg DUI lawyer knows how to find the weaknesses in DWI charges, which may mean the difference between a 'guilty' verdict or a dismissal. Do not face a Virginia DWI alone. Let our team defend your rights.
What is a DWI in Virginia?
According to § 18.2-266, Virginia prohibits anyone from operating a motor vehicle while impaired from alcohol or drugs. Furthermore, you can be arrested if you were merely sitting behind the wheel with the ignition turned on. The punishments for DWI could include jail time, hefty fines, and a license suspension.
Does DUI Affect Credit Score?
A DUI can affect your credit score. A DUI/ DWI may not show up in your credit report or be a factor in your credit score. They can still affect your credit score because many people decide to pay for DUI-related fees with their credit card, and those fees can quickly balloon to tens-of-thousands including attorney fees, education classes, fines, and court costs, and an increase in your insurance premium. They can also affect your credit because a judgment can show up in your public record and harm your credit score, they will stay on your credit report for years, whether they’ve been paid for or not.
Will My Employer Find Out About My DUI?
There are a few cases where your employer can find out about your DUI:
If you’re contracted to tell your employer about your DUI. This means that if you’re under a contract that you signed when you got the job, you must report to your employer if you got a DUI ticket.
If you’re a truck driver at a major company. Major trucking companies have pull-lists with the DMV, and if they do the DMV must notify your employer of the DUI.
Can a DUI Affect a Home Loan?
A DUI should not prevent you from getting a home loan. It can affect your ability to get a home loan depending on your compliance with the court. Unpaid fees, court fees, and other monetary penalties can be reported as unpaid judgments on your credit history, which can negatively affect your credit score.
What Are the Penalties for a DWI in Virginia?
The penalties you may incur will depend on the circumstances of your case and whether the charges are for a first, second, third, or subsequent offense. A first offense is punishable by jail time of up to one year, a fine of up to $2,500, a one-year license suspension, and a six-month minimum of using an ignition interlock device as a requirement for obtaining a restricted license.
Subsequent offenses can result in jail times of up to five years and license suspensions of three or more years.
Ensure You Have a Skilled Defender
As in any other criminal charges, you have legal rights that can be exercised. Depending on the facts and circumstances of your case, various defenses may be possible. Your situation needs to be thoroughly investigated by our Lynchburg DUI attorney so that proper evidence can be gathered and motions can be filed. We will work diligently in seeking a favorable outcome. The sooner you contact A. R. Pike Law Firm, the sooner we can get to work devising a legal strategy for you.
In Virginia, you can be arrested for a DWI on a police officer’s observation that you were impaired by alcohol or drugs even if your BAC or blood levels were below the legal limit.
Anyone arrested for a DWI in Virginia will automatically have his or her license suspended if a BAC of .08 percent was found on the breath test or if the person refused to submit to a breath test. This is an automatic suspension which is generated by the arrest. Under Virginia’s implied consent law, when you accept your driver’s license, you are automatically agreeing to take a breath test should you be asked to do so by law enforcement. When you refuse to do so, you are in violation of the law.
You should never talk to police officers about a crime without an attorney present. If you believe you are suspected of a crime in an ongoing investigation, call our Lynchburg criminal defense lawyer for help. Without an attorney present, anything you say could be used against you in court.
No. If a police officer asks you for permission then he or she does not have a search warrant. Police can only search you, your car, or home once they have obtained a search warrant. In that case, they do not need your permission.
Whether or not you go to jail will depend on the specifics of your case, including your BAC level and other pertinent facts. If this is your first offense, you may or may not go to jail for up to a year. If it is your second or third offense, jail time is likely.