People often wonder “Do I really need a versatile, determined DUI lawyer in Prince William County VA, especially if it is my first offense?” There was a time that answer was “It depends. What happened?” The solution was often a local jail, low-key affair involving a night in a cell, a reasonable fine, and a “driver improvement class”.
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But over the past 25 years the landscape of intoxicated driving has intensified. DUI laws in Virginia have become increasingly complicated and associated penalties more onerous. And, while less drivers are impaired by alcohol behind the wheel, more are testing positive for non-prescribed pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) in their Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers released this month, BAC blood tests and forensic analysis reveal the number of drivers in Virginia with marijuana detected in their bloodstream has risen by 50% over the past seven years.
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Here’s a true story to illustrate why you need to hire a DUI lawyer in Prince William County VA:
A friend’s 19 year old son was arrested in a routine traffic stop, after midnight and alone, because the license plate illumination light was out. He had two beers that night. He didn’t know he could refuse to exit the car or to take the roadside breathalyzer test. He blew a .02 and passed the field sobriety tests. When his parents arrived 40 minutes later he thought he might be safe. Then the arresting officer cuffed him and told them he was being charged with a “baby DUI.”
VA Code § 18.2-266.1 allows anyone under 21 driving with a minimum BAC of .02 to be charged under the same statute as a person over 21. Even though underage drinkers are technically not intoxicated, they can still be arrested under DUI laws even they are sober because they have illegally consumed alcohol.
In this case, you can see the importance of knowing the nuance of the law and being able to communicate that with calculated precision to a judge or jury. Equally important is understanding the context of the arrest, as well as events leading up to and following. What if he had taken prescription medication instead of alcohol? What if the police improperly administered the tests? What if they searched his cell phone? What if you hire a meticulous DUI lawyer in Prince William County VA, with the ability to question, inject, challenge, admit, motion, and argue every step of the way?
With over 100 years of combined DUI litigation experience and consistently high ratings from peers, colleagues, and clients, the Boone Beale DUI lawyers in Prince William County VA, are uniquely qualified to secure your best DUI outcome. Contact us today to schedule your free case consultation.