Although mistakes will be made in life, some mistakes can have a lasting effect. When a motorist is accused of drunk driving, this could mean harsh penalties. Whether you have past charges or not, it is important to timely and aggressively fight these allegations. A strong defense is your chance to help reduce the impact of a DUI or even clear your name.
Fighting a DUI
At the Law Offices of Howard & Howard, we understand how overwhelming a DUI charge can be. This is why our law firm takes the time to inform you, helping you gain a full perspective of your options to fight the allegations.
The entirety of the situation can help establish your defense options. Based on the evidence collected, the legality of the stop and the procedures followed by law enforcement, a defense action could help reduce or even dismiss the charges.
The two processes
Even if this is not your first DUI charge, it might be the first time charged in Virginia. As such, it is important to be aware of the two processes that will occur. The first is the legal proceeding in the courtroom. This is where guilt is established, and if so, what fines and jail time will occur.
The second process addresses your driving privileges. This administrative process is conducted by an entirely different agency, and based on the circumstances of the situation and your record, this could result in the suspension or revocation of your driving privileges.
The privilege to drive
One does not fully appreciate the privilege to drive until they are at risk of losing it. As such, fighting a DUI could help keep this privilege intact.
Taking the time to fully understand your rights and legal options is your best chance at reducing or even dismissing a DUI. This is especially true for those with prior convictions and facing a felony DUI charge.