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Identifying A Qualified DUI/DWI Defense Attorney

Before hiring a DUI/DWI defense attorney in Virginia, a person should evaluate the qualifications to ensure the best possible representation.

A person who is arrested for driving under the influence in Virginia has the right to consult with and hire legal representation. The severity of the penalties for a DUI/DWI conviction make this a choice that should be taken seriously. Hiring the right attorney can make all the difference, but determining which attorney will do the best job, is easier said than done. This can be further complicated for someone who is not familiar with the legal system.

Education notes that as with other graduate level degree programs, a law degree has certain core requirements, as well as electives that allow a student to focus on specific areas of law. An attorney who has a different focus may not have the training that is needed for criminal defense.

While all attorneys must complete a law degree and then pass the bar exam, they must also take part in an approved and certified continuing legal education program. When seeking an attorney, it may be wise to ask about the types of courses the attorney has completed through this program. According to the Commonwealth of Virginia, criminal defense attorneys in the state have options to take courses specifically related to strategies for defending those charged with driving under the influence, gathering evidence and the sentencing process.


It can be difficult to speak to someone who is distracted or seems rushed. When people experience this while discussing a defense case with an attorney, they may not be able to remember important details. Instead, an attorney should provide complete attention and ask the kinds of questions that help a person with recall. This consideration for the thoughts and feelings of the client also nurtures a sense of trust that enables full disclosure. Without this communication, the case outcome can be precarious.


Most people would not hire someone to provide a service without first asking if he or she has experience in the area. This is true for those seeking a hair stylist, a construction worker or a tailor, and it is especially important when it comes to the person who will be defending their rights in court. Anyone who needs to hire a criminal defense attorney in Virginia should ask about the experience the lawyer will be bringing to the case.

Seeking the help of a criminal defense attorney who is skilled in representing DUI cases may make the difference in license suspension, fees and jail time. Lawrence, Smith & Gardner, has the qualifications necessary to provide the best defense for those who have been falsely charged with driving under the influence, as well as first-time and repeat offenders.

Reviews & Testimonials

At Lawrence, Smith & Gardner, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our clients have to say about working with us.

    “I am forever grateful for your help!”
    Dear Mr. Brillantine and Mr. Smith,
    Thank you so much for your time and effort in the past several weeks. I am forever grateful for your help! Thank you.
    - Previous Client
    “The efficient way you and your staff handled my case, resulted in less anxiety for me.”
    Dear Mr. Smith,
    I just wanted to drop you a note to express my thanks and appreciation for your professional and courteous help and service. The efficient way you and your staff handled my case, resulted in less anxiety for me.
    - Previous Client
    “We appreciate the courtesy and professionalism of your wonderful staff.”
    Dear Mr. Smith,
    We just want to thank you for all your help in our son’s recent traffic case. Things were looking extremely bleak. However, thanks to your knowledge of the law, persistence, ability to talk to people, hard work and grace … What a relief it has been. We also appreciate the courtesy and professionalism of your wonderful staff.
    - Previous Client
    “Thank you for making it possible for me to continue with my life.”
    Dear Ron,
    I am consumed with awe for your legal maneuvering to assist me in court yesterday. Thank you for making it possible for me to continue with my life.
    - Previous Client
    “I appreciate the courtesy and professionalism.”
    To Ron Smith,
    I just wanted to extend my gratitude to you for representing me earlier this month when I went back to court to obtain my restricted license. I appreciate the courtesy and professionalism from you and your staff and under no circumstances hope to ever need your services for a serious matter like that again.
    - Previous Client
    “Thanks for that usually elusive gift … a second chance.”
    Dear Mr. Smith,
    Thank you for all your help. Please extend my thanks also to Martin for his patient support of an incoherent client, as well as to Lisa for her many phone calls. Thanks for that usually elusive gift … a second chance.
    - Previous Client
    “Thanks again Ron you ROCK!”
    I can’t thank you enough for everything. If it weren’t for you I would be in a world of hurt today. I owe you so many thanks. If you ever need anything!! Please pass along all my thanks to your staff and co-workers. Please let Lisa I’m so sorry you missed her lunch too. Thanks again Ron you ROCK!
    - Previous Client
    “I can look back on this experience as a valuable lesson and continue on with my life.”
    Dear Mr. Smith,
    I wanted to tell you how grateful I am for your help with my recent difficult situation. I was amazed at your skill and knowledge of the court system, and appreciative of your insight in these matters. I can look back on this experience as a valuable lesson and continue on with my life. Thank you for giving me that opportunity.
    - Previous Client

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