Most people understand that law enforcement officials in and around Courtland, VA, take driving under the influence and very seriously. This may be a relatively small area in Southampton County, but the consequences for DUI are anything but small. At Randall, Page & Bruch, P.C., our dedicated team is standing by to help if you need a Courtland, Virginia, DUI attorney. We have extensive experience handling complex traffic tickets and impaired driving cases, so let us get to work handling your situation immediately.
When we are discussing the penalties for DUI in Courtland, we can first turn to the language of the law in Virginia (§ 18.2-266. Driving motor vehicle, engine, etc., while intoxicated, etc.). Here, we see that a person will be considered legally intoxicated if their blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08% or above. However, a person can also face DUI charges even if their BAC is below this level and even if they refuse a blood or breath test after they have been arrested.
If a person is convicted of DUI, and it is their first offense, they could face up to 12 months in jail. However, most first-time offenders do not serve jail time unless their BAC is .15% or above. In addition to jail time, a person convicted of DUI could face a license suspension, mandatory ignition interlock device (IID) requirements, the requirement to complete the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (VASAP), and fines.
Drivers enrolled in or who have completed the VASAP are immediately eligible for a restricted license. This will allow them to travel to and from work, school, or medical treatments during their license suspension time frame.
A skilled DUI lawyer in VA will handle every aspect of the case on behalf of their client. The reality is that these cases can be challenging, particularly when standing up to aggressive prosecutors. An attorney will fully investigate the evidence that has been gathered and ensure that it was obtained legally and that all of the blood alcohol content measuring devices were properly calibrated.
An attorney will handle all communication with other parties in an effort to get the charges reduced or dismissed. This will include any possible plea deal negotiations to obtain a lesser charge and conviction if the evidence warrants this discussion.
If you or somebody you care about has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Cortland, Virginia, reach out to the team at Randall, Page & Bruch, P.C. as soon as possible. Our attorneys have vast experience handling complex DUI and traffic violation cases throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, and we know what it takes to help clients stand up to aggressive prosecutors in these situations. Let us make sure that you have treated fairly along every step of the way. When you need a Courtland, VA, DUI attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or by calling 757-517-8956.