Authorities have been cracking down on drunk driving all across the country. Virginia police officers are pulling drivers over everyday under suspicions of driving under the influence. If you get pulled over and charged with a DUI, you may not be sure what steps to take to ensure that your interests and rights are protected.
Fortunately, the attorneys at The Collins Law Firm, P.C. have years of experience dealing with cases just like yours. Contacting a lawyer as soon as possible may be the best way to make sure you get the least severe consequences possible and make a timely defense. In some cases, you may be able to get the charges reduced and even dropped all together.
Building a DUI defense can be tricky, which is why it may be beneficial to seek professional assistance. Some of the best defenses have to do with questioning field sobriety tests and their results. There are many methods used to determine a driver's blood alcohol content level. Many officers will use their observations and field sobriety tests to suspect a driver of driving under the influence. The officers may then ask the driver to submit to a breathalyzer or a blood test to determine the exact BAC level.
Unfortunately, these tests are not always administered effectively, thereby skewing the results. Test results can be affected by a number of factors from weather conditions to officer incompetence. The attorneys at The Collins Law Firm, P.C. will conduct a thorough investigation and scrutinize the administration of the tests as well as the results. The attorneys may also be able to suppress evidence that they find was not obtained legally during or after the arrest.
Those facing DUI charges may also be concerned with the penalties that come with a conviction. First-time offenders in Virginia may receive up to one year in jail. Those who have multiple convictions may be facing a felony charge, which could harsher sentences. Your test results may impact the consequences you will face. That's why it is in your best interest to seek legal counsel as soon as you are facing suspicions of a DUI. The Collins Law Firm, P.C. will do everything in their power to help you get through this difficult time. For more information, please visit the website.