Representation by an Arlington DUI attorney is essential if you’re facing drunk-driving charges in Virginia. Virginia’s DUI laws are some of the toughest in the nation. According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the penalty for a first-time DUI offender in Virginia includes a mandatory $250 fine and a year-long driver’s license revocation. Those who are charged with more than one DUI in Virginia face sentences including higher fines, longer revocations, and potential jail time. Someone convicted of their fourth or more DUI will face a year behind bars and is required to permanently forfeit their vehicle. Those facing their second or subsequent drunk driving charge in Virginia must ensure that they hire an Arlington DUI attorney who has experience defending repeat DUI offenders.
Tracy Michael Decker’s Mugshot from the Virginia Beach Police Dept.
A man who recently appeared in Virginia Beach Circuit Court gives new meaning to the term “repeat DUI offender.” Earlier this month, a judge sentenced 39-year-old Tracy Michael Decker to seven years in prison for what, it turns out, was his 25th drunk driving arrest. Per the Daily Press, Decker’s drunk driving arrests were received in multiple states, and it’s unclear how many resulted in DUI convictions.
The defendant’s most recent Virginia Beach DUI arrest took place in January of 2006, after police responded to an altercation that he was involved in with a toll-booth employee at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. Decker registered a blood-alcohol level of more than three times the legal limit, and also had an open container of alcohol and two children in his car. Although he received a 20-year prison sentence for that incident, 15 years of it was suspended, and he was released from prison in August of 2010. He has since had 4 DUI arrests in Alabama. Virginia Beach Circuit Court judge Stephen C. Mahan revoked and then re-suspended a portion of Decker’s previous sentence, resulting in a seven-year prison term left to serve. Decker is also required to undergo substance abuse treatment and will be unable to drive for 20 years following his release from prison. It’s unknown whether or not the defendant was represented by an Arlington DUI attorney.
It’s not only repeat offenders who require the assistance of a skilled Arlington DUI attorney. Virginia’s drunk driving laws are both strict and complex. The legal BAC limit for drunk driving in Virginia is .08. Yet, you can still be convicted of a DUI in Virginia even if your BAC is below the legal limit if law enforcement officials determine that your ability to drive is impaired by drugs or alcohol. Additional penalties are imposed for those convicted of driving with an open container of alcohol in the car, transporting minors while under the influence of alcohol, or drinking or possessing alcohol on school grounds. Virginia also has a zero-tolerance law for underage drinkers. Someone under the age of 21 can be convicted of a DUI if they have any amount of alcohol in their system. Last, drunk driving is a criminal offense in Virginia. This means that a DUI conviction could result in a permanent criminal record.
Thus, if you’re facing DUI charges in Virginia, it’s essential to be represented by an experienced Arlington DUI attorney. An Arlington, Virginia, DUI lawyer can review your case for key factors related to defending DUI charges in Virginia, such as whether the arresting officer had “reasonable articulable suspicion” to stop your vehicle and if the proper procedures were followed in administering any blood or breath tests. Click here or call 1-to contact top Arlington DUI attorneys at The Wilson Law Firm for a free, no-obligation consultation.
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