DUI DWI Lawyers in Hanover County, Virginia
Hanover County, Virginia is tough on drunk drivers, and with good reason. One out of every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash during their lives. Alcohol-related injuries occur about every two minutes, and fatalities occur every 32 minutes, on average. That is why it’s important to know the facts about driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and to avoid this behavior entirely
Under Virginia Law, a DUI carries serious consequences. A first-offense Hanover DUI carries a high fine, a potential jail sentence, a 1-year driver’s license suspension, and the successful completion of an alcohol education program called the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program. A first-offense Hanover DUI with a Blood Alcohol Concentration of .15 but less than .21 carries a mandatory minimum of 5 days in jail and an ignition interlock for at least 6 months, in addition to the penalties already described above. Likewise, if your BAC is greater than .21, there is a mandatory minimum jail sentence of 10 days and an ignition interlock requirement.
Individuals charged with a second Hanover DUI that has occurred within ten years of the previous DUI will incur a higher mandatory minimum jail sentence, and a third DUI is a felony in Virginia. Hanover DUI Attorney David Long particularly focuses his practice in the areas of DUI and traffic offenses. He may be able to find a legal problem with the case that results in a not guilty verdict or reach a resolution that results in a reduced charge; saving you from some of the punishments and requirements of a Hanover County, Virginia DUI conviction.
Our Hanover DUI law firm will thoroughly look into several important factors, such as:
- The legality of the Hanover traffic stop: Was the police officer justified in stopping you in the first place? Or might harassment or discrimination have been involved in the stop?
- The validity and reliability of the blood or breath test, if you submitted one: Had the Breathalyzer been properly maintained and calibrated?
- Mitigating circumstances: Was there some other explanation to account for erratic behavior that led the police officer to the conclusion that you were driving under the influence— perhaps a diabetic condition or other medical emergency?
Virginia DUI Attorney David Long can help you if you have been charged with Richmond DUI, Chesterfield County DUI, Hanover County DUI, Dinwiddie County DUI, Goochland County DUI, Powhatan County DUI, Prince George County DUI or Henrico DUI offenses.