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Drunk driving penalties are harsh, be ready to defend yourself

In our last post, we discussed how people with drunk driving convictions might be able to get a restricted drivers' license instead of having a fully revoked license. The loss of their license is one of the serious consequences of a drunk driving conviction. With that in mind, it is easy to see why anyone who is facing drunk driving charges needs to have strong representation. In drunk driving cases in Virginia, experience matters when it comes to your representation.

Your defense starts as soon as you are pulled over for drunk driving. When you are pulled over, you will likely be instructed to take a breath test or a blood test to determine your blood-alcohol concentration. Refusing that test has consequences, including a suspended license, vehicle forfeiture, jail time or fines. We can help you to aggressively defend yourself against the charges and proceedings against you.

As you move through the criminal justice system, you will soon learn that there are other penalties possible. Some people might face a court order for an ignition interlock device. That is on top of the jail, fines and license suspensions that are possible. It is sometimes possible to get charges reduced or dismissed if you have strong representation.

Even if you have already been convicted of a drunk driving offense, we might be able to help you find a way to get your driving privileges back through the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program. We can help you learn what you need to do to try to get your privileges back.

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