Tens of thousands of Virginia residents are arrested each year on accusations of Driving Under the Influence (DUI). Sometimes called Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), a DUI is an extremely serious charge, and a guilty conviction can result in costly fines, lengthy imprisonment, and a permanent criminal record that may cause you continuous hassle as you seek housing or employment. If you are a loved one find yourself on the wrong side of Fauquier County DUI laws, The Wilson Law Firm can provide you with aggressive legal defense and competent counsel throughout the difficult litigation process.
Effective July 1, 2013, the Virginia legislature has ratified and implemented several changes to its body of DUI law, rendering a DUI conviction even more serious than previously mandated. Under previous Fauquier County DUI laws, a conviction was not classified or considered a felony unless that conviction was the defendant’s third within a ten-year period. According to these new statutory changes, a DUI will be considered a felony if the defendant has a single prior conviction on record for any of the following crimes:
So how do these changes manifest in practice, and how will they affect you? A DUI felony conviction in Virginia carries a minimum penalty of $1,000 fine and one year in prison. Beyond the initial fine and prison sentence, if you are convicted of a felony in Virginia you are automatically stripped of one of your most fundamental rights as an American citizen – the right to vote. This right can only be restored through a complicated process of filing a petition or application for reinstatement directly with the government. You may only become eligible for such an application two full years after completion of your sentence. The state of Virginia carries one of the strictest policies regarding voting restrictions on convicted felons in the United States, and a felony DUI conviction carries the same penalties as some violent crimes, regardless of whether there were other victims or injuries involved. If you want to avoid a felony on your criminal record, seek the counsel of a qualified Fauquier County DUI attorney.
Additionally, Virginia has recently implemented a law mandating that all individuals convicted of a DUI have an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) installed in their vehicle. In the past, only multiple DUI offenders or those convicted with a blood alcohol content of 0.15 or above were required to use an IID. However, Virginia’s new law has substantially broadened the scope of the previous IID policy. During the first year that the law went into effect, the number of individuals enrolled in IID programs in Virginia nearly doubled, to over 8,500. A Fauquier County DUI lawyer can help you dispute DUI charges and avoid having to deal with the annoyance and inconvenience of a legally-mandated IID.
While there are many DUI lawyers in Fauquier County, The Wilson Law Firm has established a reputation as a strong, competent, and accomplished firm with a commitment to client satisfaction. When you’re facing DUI charges, the lawyer you choose to retain may mean the difference between a guilty verdict, and a judge discarding your case. Your attorney will be your first line of defense in representing your rights and interests in court, against Fauquier County prosecutors who are known for their tenacity and tough-on-crime stances. The Wilson Law Firm operates all over Fauquier County, including but not limited to:
If you have been arrested under suspicion of DUI, you will obviously have many questions. Contact The Wilson Law Firm today to have those questions answered by a skilled DUI lawyer. We offer a complimentary consultation and case evaluation for new and prospective clients. During this consultation, we’ll help you understand the particularities of the legal action you are facing, and can tell you what options are available in your specific situation. We pride ourselves on personal, professional client service, and strive to maintain our stellar record of service. With The Wilson Law Firm, you will work directly with one of our DUI lawyers to craft a legal defense to meet your unique, individual needs and obligations. Contact our offices as soon as possible to find out how we can help you in your DUI defense.
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