Frequently Asked Questions About DUIs
Feb. 21, 2023
Facing DUI charges can be a challenging and confusing experience. DUI charges can lead to various legal consequences. According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, 18,648 were charged with DUI in 2019. Moreover, a DUI charge can cost between $5,000 and $20,000. That is why knowing what to do when facing a DUI charge is crucial.
Lynchburg and Blackstone, Virginia, residents have come to rely on E. Gordon Peters, Jr, Attorney at Law, to protect their right to a fair defense. Attorney E. Gordon Peters proudly serves residents in neighboring counties, including Amherst, Campbell, Bedford, Nottoway, Prince Edward, and Charlotte Counties.
Frequently Asked Questions about DUI Charges in Virginia
Individuals facing DUI charges may have many questions to ask a trusted attorney. Here is a look at the key questions.
Can I refuse the breath and/or blood test when pulled over on suspicion of DUI?
Drivers have the right to refuse a breath test when pulled over on DUI suspicion. However, the driver will have to comply with a chemical (blood) test to confirm the DUI. The driver is within their right to refuse a chemical test. The consequence of refusing a chemical test in Virginia is a one-year license suspension.
If I’ve been charged with DUI, will I go to jail?
DUI charges do not automatically imply a prison term. A misdemeanor drunk driving charge may result in a fine, license suspension, or court-appointed substance abuse counseling. Also, the individual’s criminal record plays a role in determining a possible jail sentence.
Will I lose my license? How will I get to work?
DUI charges may result in license revocation. Consequently, convicted individuals may lose driving privileges for the court-ordered period. However, convicted individuals may apply for a restricted license allowing them to get to work or school. A restricted license generally applies to first-time DUI convictions. Subsequent convictions may void the possibility of a restricted license.
What should I expect during the hearing?
Charged individuals must enter a plea during the hearing. A guilty or no contest plea directly leads to sentencing according to the circumstances. If the charged individual pleads not guilty, the judge will allow law enforcement officers and the defense to present their arguments. The court then rules on the charges and the evidence. The case may go to a jury trial, or the charges may be dismissed.
Is it worth fighting a DUI?
In short, yes. Fighting a DUI allows charged individuals to present their side of the case. Plus, fighting a DUI can get charges and penalties focused on the right circumstances. Please bear in mind that complying with sobriety tests is crucial when fighting a DUI.
Are there any ways to reduce my sentence?
Convicted individuals may request the court alternative sentencing. For instance, a fine, community service, probation, or substance abuse counseling may be ordered instead of a jail term. However, the possibility of alternative sentencing or reducing a sentence depends on the individual’s criminal record, potential penalties, and overall cooperation with law enforcement, such as taking sobriety tests.
Is hiring an attorney necessary?
Absolutely! Getting the right legal counsel can make a huge difference when facing DUI changes. A reliable and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can work with law enforcement and prosecution to get charges reduced and sentencing that fits the circumstances. Facing DUI charges alone compromises a charged individual’s right to a fair defense. Appropriate legal counsel ensures that charged individuals get the defense they deserve.
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