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Suffolk DUI Attorney

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A DUI (driving under the influence) or a DWI (driving while intoxicated) allegation can be devastating. Many people falsely assume that this is a minor, forgettable crime. 

In reality, DWI charges can carry an impact that lasts for years. They can affect various areas of your life, including your freedom, relationships, and even your career. Even if you are found not guilty, the accusation alone can damage your reputation. 

If you are a Suffolk resident facing DUI charges, the team at The Law Offices of Daniel J. Miller is here to help. With years of experience in criminal defense, our lawyers have the knowledge to navigate the complexities of your case. We understand that criminal allegations are overwhelming, and we are committed to protecting your rights and advocating for your best interests. 

By choosing us, you can trust that you have a dedicated team behind you, fighting for your freedom and working tirelessly to preserve your reputation. 

Contact us online today to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help defend you against your DWI accusations.

Penalties for a First-Offense DWI in Virginia

The state has strict penalties for driving while intoxicated, and these laws apply to alcohol, illegal drugs, and even doctor-prescribed medicines.

Possible penalties for a first-time DWI in Virginia include:

  • Up to 1 in jail 
  • Fines of up to $2,500
  • License suspension for up to 1 year
  • Mandatory attendance at alcohol education courses

Every criminal case is different. With our legal guidance, you may be able to reduce or even avoid the consequences.

Penalties for a Second-Offense DWI in Virginia

If convicted of a second DWI, a defendant faces:

  • Fines as high as $2,500
  • Up to 1 year of jail time
  • Driver's license suspension for 3 years

Additionally, the offender must install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle. This mechanism prevents you from driving if it detects any alcohol on your breath. 

Penalties for Three or More DWI Offenses in Virginia

  • Fines up to $1,000
  • 1 to 5 years in state prison
  • Indefinite driver’s license suspension

Aggravating Factors in a DUI Case

DWI sentencing depends on other factors as well, such as the alleged offender's blood alcohol level. Judges also consider whether anyone was injured or killed in the incident, and they will examine any property damage. 

These circumstances will make penalties even harsher, and they could raise the offense to a felony level.

Refusing a Breathalyzer Test in Suffolk

Each legal driver in Virginia participates in “implied consent,” whether they know it or not. Essentially, implied consent means that by operating a motor vehicle on public roads, you agree to submit to DWI testing when pulled over by law enforcement. This legal mandate applies when the police reasonable suspect that you are driving under the influence. 

If you refuse to test, you can suffer immediate consequences, such as a driver's license suspension. Authorities can impose more consequences depending on the circumstances. For example, if you have previous DUI convictions or caused an accident, refusal penalties can be far more severe. 

If you find yourself in this situation, call our team to help you understand your rights and options.

Defense Strategies We Can Use to Help Fight Your DWI Allegations

Our lawyers are here to defend you against DUI charges, no matter the situation. 

We may be able to challenge the accuracy of the breathalyzer or blood test results. These tests are not always reliable and often produce false positives. 

Another approach we take is to question the legality of the traffic stop or arrest. Police officers must follow specific procedures when pulling someone over or making an arrest. If they fail to do so, all charges against you may be dismissed. 

We may be able to prove that you were not intoxicated at the time of your arrest. Many medical ailments create symptoms similar to drunkenness, or perhaps you simply have an eccentric personality that the police mistook for inebriation.

Our team will tailor its DWI defense strategies to you and your situation. We never take a “one-size-fits-all” approach with our clients.

To consult with our DUI lawyers in Suffolk, call our office at (757) 267-4949 and set up a time to meet with the team.

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It is our belief that people deserve legal representation that acknowledges what they are going through and what they need. From being able to put our clients in touch with excellent doctors to being as supportive, honest, and responsive as we can be, we are here to support our clients from start to finish.

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