Virginia DUI Attorney
DUI Charge in Fairfax, Fauquier, Prince William County or Other Virginia County?
The state of Virginia has very severe penalties for those who are convicted of DUI offenses. Even a first offense if convicted will result in expensive fines, mandated alcohol education programs and up to one year of revocation of a driver's license. It cannot be assumed that a first time DUI will be a minor problem, as it is very likely that one of the tougher Virginia judges could impose the full penalties possible under state law. Those who have a BAC (blood alcohol content) of .15 will be forced to spend a minimum of 5 days in jail; when the BAC level is .21 or higher, this is increased to 10 days in jail.
Many individuals, rather than pleading guilty and taking the punishment, choose to take action and engage the services of a defense attorney to help them fight back against the charges. The Virginia DUI lawyer at the Law Offices of Michael A. Pignone is recognized as a top defender of all types of DUI/DWI charges. Every case is handled directly by the attorney, from the arraignment through to resolution. Each client's best interests will be managed carefully from the moment the defense lawyer takes on a case.
Misdemeanor and Felony DUI Defense in Virginia
Defending a DUI case takes experience and extensive knowledge of the science behind blood testing, breath testing, breath testing units and the maintenance and calibration schedules that are required, police procedure with regard to test administration and arrests, and field sobriety testing. The ability to investigate your personal situation and identify the errors in the case could help you gain a significant advantage for those who choose to take action to defend their DUI charge. The firm assists clients in all types of DUI charges, including information about
underage DUI, and
felony DUI. If you are facing
first time DUI, are charged with
driving on a suspended license, are seeking a
restricted license, or are facing serious felony charges of
leaving the scene, the firm is prepared to evaluate your case. The firm represents those who are seeking a
DUI expungement. The attorney is aware that finances are always a concern and offers high quality defense services at a reasonable cost.
The attorney from the firm handles cases throughout the state of Virginia, including the following cities and counties: Fairfax, Fauquier County,
Prince Williams County, and Woodbridge. When seeking a DUI lawyer that has successfully defended countless cases of DUI, from a first offense through to the most serious felony DUI charges, the firm can help. Attorney Pignone is a seasoned DUI attorney with a background in serving in the county prosecutor's office, allowing him to have a deep insight into the full scope of the justice system, the protection of the rights of the accused, and how to create and present a strategic and persuasive defense on your behalf.
A background working within the system on the "other side" can be a great help to individuals who are facing DUI charges, and need a defense case developed that has a better chance of leading to a dismissed charge, reduced charge or an acquittal in court. Having defending thousands of cases in criminal court, Mr. Pignone is recognized as a skilled defender, and is both aggressive and relentless when defending all types of DUI cases. Early involvement can be critical with regard to the outcome of the case, and it is advised that you contact the firm immediately after the arrest.
DUI Penalties in Virginia
The state imposes heavy punishments upon those who are convicted of a DUI offense, and the laws were amended in 2010 making the situation even more dangerous for those who are accused of driving a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Beyond the penalties, you will lose your legal right to drive for 1 year. If you were at or above .15 BAC, you will be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in any vehicle you operate - at your own expense. You will also be required to attend an "alcohol safety action program" which must be completed within a certain period of time or you could face further repercussions. These penalties are all related to a first time misdemeanor DUI. For a second, third or fourth DUI, or when an accident or accident with injuries took place, you could be facing a long period in prison, among other serious consequences. Those who drive their vehicle after being convicted of a DUI (driving on a suspended license) will face vehicle impoundment for at least 90 days. A 3rd DUI offense now means 6 months minimum jail time if the earlier conviction was within 5 years. Driver's licenses are suspended indefinitely.
DUI Lawyer Serving Virginia Residents
Whether this is your first drunk driving charge or you are a repeat offender of the law, it is vitally important to secure legal representation early in the process. Your future heavily relies on your choice of defenders. Without legal intervention, you may find that you will most likely face serious penalties, such as imprisonment, fines, probation, driver's license suspension and much more. The lawyer at the firm is here to provide you with insightful information and resources when dealing with a driving under the influence offense.
In the state of Virginia, the law enforcement takes DUI charges very seriously. If an overzealous police officer has wrongfully arrested you or has not complied with sobriety testing standards, you may be able to fight against your DUI charges. While many people believe that they must automatically plead guilty to their charges, an attorney at the firm may be capable of protecting your rights and procuring your innocence. Despite the specific DUI charges you are facing, it is always in your best interest to work with a Virginia DUI attorney. Call the firm today to schedule your initial consultation. A DUI conviction is serious. A misdemeanor is not minor. It is advised that you get legal representation that you can trust to take every possible action to defend your case. At the firm, the legal team knows DUI defense. The earlier you contact them, the better it could be with regard to the final outcome of your case. Contact the firm today.