At Tesler and Werblood in Falls Church, Virginia, our attorneys have experience vigorously defending charges against driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI). In Virginia, these terms mean the same thing, and they are used interchangeably. DWI convictions are costly, and may consist of fines, court costs, jail time, loss of work, and loss of driving privileges. As experienced DWI attorneys, we can help get the penalty reduced.
If a police officer stops you and believes you are intoxicated, he can issue a test through a Breathalyzer to analyze your blood alcohol content (BAC). A blood test may also be required, and field sobriety tests are conducted. Refusal to submit to these tests is a violation of the law, resulting in an automatic, one-year suspension of your driver’s license for a first offense. The prosecution will use the results of these tests to obtain a conviction.
In Virginia, you are considered to be driving while intoxicated if your BAC is 0.08 percent or higher. A first offense is considered a misdemeanor and may carry a fine from $250 to $2500. If you have a BAC higher than 0.15 percent while driving, you will receive a mandatory sentence of five days in jail. A first offense also carries with it a one-year suspension of your driver’s license and a requirement to complete an alcohol safety program. Fines increase if a minor is present. The penalties for second and third offenses increase significantly. At Tesler and Werblood, we represent tough DWI cases and are not afraid to take on second and third offenses. We consider the facts of your case, the jurisdiction, the level of the charges, and whether you need representation in General District Court, Circuit Court, or both.
We want to help you avoid a DWI conviction, which can result in financial hardship due to fines, increased insurance rates, and loss of time at work. A felony conviction negatively impacts your career by limiting your career options and opportunities for advancement.
Don’t let a mistake ruin your future. Contact us to start building your case as soon as possible.