A first DUI/DWI offense is a Class 1 misdemeanor, not a traffic ticket. It is the highest level misdemeanor offense we have in Virginia. If you are convicted, you will have a crime on your record and it will not be eligible for expungement. In addition, your driver's license will be suspended, you will be required to install an ignition interlock system in your car, and your auto insurance rates may rise.
You do not want to treat DUI/DWI charges lightly. Speak with one of the experienced criminal defense lawyers at Whitestone Young, PC We have former prosecutors on our staff as well as attorneys who are licensed in Washington, D.C. We can represent first-time offenders, people with second or subsequent DUI/DWI charges, and people facing felony or federal DUI/DWI charges. We believe nearly every DUI/DWI case has a defense, we just have to find it. You can rely on our experience and skill, regardless of the complexity of your case. Speak with one of our attorneys today to learn more.
A First DUI Offense Is Serious
If you are convicted of a first-time DUI/DWI offense, the following penalties may apply, depending on the specifics of the case:
- Mandatory minimum fine of $250
- Driver's license revocation for one year
- Alcohol treatment and/or education classes
- Potential jail sentence, including mandatory jail for high BAC results
- Ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle
With our experience, we know how to investigate DUI/DWI cases. We know how to find defenses to your case through a well-reasoned application of the facts of your case to the existing law. We will thoroughly review all the evidence in your case, including the criminal complaint, witness statements, police videos and the arrest reports if available, Breathalyzer results, breath test machine maintenance records, and field sobriety tests. If the police violated your rights or the testing conditions were questionable, we may be able to argue for the suppression of the resulting evidence. In some cases, this may result in the reduction or dismissal of the charges against you.
Do Not Wait To Contact An Attorney
Please call our Fairfax office at 703-591-0200 or contact us online for a free consultation to discuss your case.