Your Options When Facing DUI/DWI Charges

In Virginia, law enforcement officers make an effort to crack down on drunk and drugged drivers. Indeed, they make nearly 20,000 DUI-related arrests in an average year. The consequences can be dire. Those convicted face jail time, court fees, the suspension of their driver's license and more.

At times, however, officers are overzealous. They pull over drivers illegally, or administer roadside tests and chemical tests in ways that are prone to inaccurate results. Which is to say, if you are arrested for DUI, it is always an option to challenge your charges.

We can help. At the Law Office of Scott N. Kazem, PLC, we have assisted numerous drivers reduce their potential penalties. In many cases, we have been able to have cases dismissed entirely. Scott, our founding attorney, knows how to spot weaknesses in the prosecution's case, and how to leverage them to his clients' advantage. Based in Leesburg, and serving throughout the region, we always stand ready to assist.

DUI/DWI Penalties In Virginia

The penalties for impaired driving are severe. It is a Class I misdemeanor, and a first-time offender faces a maximum penalty of up to one year in jail, a $2,500 fine, a one-year driver's license suspension and the requirement for an ignition interlock device. There are mandatory jail sentences for elevated blood alcohol levels.

For a second offense, you could be looking at an indefinite license revocation, a $2,500 fine and up to a year in jail, with mandatory jail sentences. The penalties continue to increase for habitual offenders, for those caught driving drunk with a child in the car, for those with an unusually high blood alcohol content (BAC) and for those whose impaired driving led to a car accident. A third offense within ten years is a felony.

Knowing Your Legal Options

The costs of a DUI/DWI are enormous. It is imperative to know your legal options when facing charges. We help you understand the evidence against you, and lay out a strategy to obtain the best possible legal options.

To learn more, or to talk to a lawyer, call us at 571-252-7720 or get in touch with us online. Initial consultations are always free.