Why you need an experienced criminal attorney on your side.
How your case is presented in court can be the difference between being found guilty or not guilty. If your freedom is on the line, you need an experienced attorney I have represented hundreds of clients charged with crimes from murder to driving suspended. I understand that every case is different, that’s why I am dedicated to providing unique, creative, and effective criminal defense to each and every person I represent. Because your criminal case may have serious consequences, it is critical to consult with an attorney who understands the law and how it impacts your particular case.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the most common criminal charges in Virginia. We know that that driving after drinking is dangerous, and we know the consequences can great, however, often individuals charged with DUI are not always guilty. The methods law enforcement use to investigate and make arrests for DUI are far from perfect, and the potential consequences that accompany conviction for DUI highlight the need for effective legal advocacy.
I can help with all aspects of your DUI charge. If you have been arrested for DUI, it is important to understand that DUI carries with it two types of consequences: one set is a criminal conviction and the other is more administrative, loss of licence, required classes and more. To fully understand these two types of consequences, it is vital that you speak with an experienced DUI defense lawyer as soon as possible.
Possible Problems in Your DUI Investigation
Before a law enforcement officer can pull you over for DUI (or any other offense), they must have probable case to believe that your are breaking a law or that your driving abilities may be impaired. Once the officer pulls you over, they may ask you to step out of the car and perform several field sobriety tests. Field sobriety tests do not test for alcohol, but rather they test for things like motor skills and cognitive ability. These test may or may not indicate use of alcohol or drug.
A little know fact is that you are free to refuse the field sobriety tests, although the officer is not required to notify you of that right.
You may also be asked to take a breathalyzer at test at the scene. You are NOT REQUIRED to take the breathalyzer test at the scene. The Intoxilyzer administered at the police station (or jail) IS REQUIRED. If you do not take the Intoxilyzer test you may lose your ability to drive for a year. In Virginia you do not have the right to choose between the Intoxilyzer test and a blood test.
Looking for an attorney in your DUI case?
Let me help you with your case starting with your advisement. At your first court appearance bail and other issues are decided, these are an essential part of your case. Guidance prior to appearing in court will ensure that your freedom is protected. If you have been arrested, contact me today. I will talk to you about your case and inform you about the law and potential consequences your case presents. Call today: 434-332-5155 Ask to speak with Michael Lovell