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.
At Tesler and Werblood, attorneys at law located in Falls Church, Virginia, we advocate for those who have received traffic tickets. We provide advice, negotiate on your behalf, and represent you in court. You spend less time away from work and your family because we go to court for you.
As local attorneys, we know Virginia traffic law and the court system in Fairfax County. We know your rights as a driver in Virginia. Whether you receive a ticket for speeding, running a red light, or parking, we can help get the fine reduced or even dropped. For information about more serious charges such as DWI, visit our DWI page.
We work to have your fine reduced, keep points off your driver’s license, and avoid increased insurance rates. Our experience with traffic law allows us to know what to look for to get the penalty against you reduced, or even get the ticket dismissed completely. If we cannot find a mistake on your ticket, we can still advocate for a reduced fine. We can also work to reduce or eliminate the number of points on your license. In the long run, this is beneficial for you because you will save money on insurance rates, and may even avoid having your license suspended.