Getting pulled over in Northern Virginia and arrested for driving under the influence can trigger a lot of emotions.
Many people experience the stress of worry, while others feel shame, deep regret or similar emotions. Although a DUI charge is never something that should be taken lightly, it’s important to know that you’re not the only person who’s gone through this ordeal. Everyone makes mistakes.
In fifteen years of practice I have represented NASA employees (literally, “Rocket Scientists”) Brain Surgeons, and high-ranking military officers all charged with DUI.
While the legal system is structured to deliver justice, it is also geared to ensuring that a knowledgeable and experienced attorney can defend you when your rights are violated during any type of DUI investigation. This is the essence of our Constitution’s “Fair Trial Guarantee.”
Driving Under the Influence is a Very Common Charge
If you or a loved one are currently dealing with a DUI arrest, putting this charge in perspective can be very helpful.
According to MADD, 27,333 DUI convictions were made last year in the state of Virginia. That’s roughly 1 in every 220 adults. Across the entire United States, more than one million people are arrested every year for driving under the influence.
Given how many people go through the court system each year for DUIs, it’s easy to understand why the legal process in Virginia can become “streamlined” by police officers and court officials more interested in emphasizing and ensuring a speedy conviction than a thorough defense and a fair trial. Let them make mistakes. Hire a lawyer who can identify those mistakes and protect you from a conviction.
The Importance of Working with a DUI Lawyer
Although DUIs are more common than most people would guess, it doesn’t change the fact that this charge can carry significant punishments.
In addition to fines, DUIs can involve license suspensions, as well as the possibility of jail time. On top of that, a criminal charge like driving under the influence can cause issues in people’s personal and professional lives.
That’s why anyone facing this charge should be represented by a lawyer. While a lawyer can’t magically make the charges disappear, having experienced legal representation does put an individual in the best position to protect themselves.
Since there is a very specific legal process associated with driving under the influence charges, it’s important to secure the representation of a lawyer who has
(1) Extensive experience in this area of a law but
(2) Is NOT so experienced that he treats your case as “run of the mill.”
If a lawyer has a great reputation but doesn’t regularly deal with DUIs as part of their practice, they’re not going to be able to provide the same level of representation as lawyer who deals with DUI laws all the time.
Meanwhile, some lawyers have so much experience that they actually take short cuts in your defense. Be careful of those attorneys who are too quick to convince you to plead guilty after they’ve cashed your check or run your credit card.
Don’t Wait to Get Legal Representation
Not only is it important to find a lawyer who is focused on DUI cases, but you will want to contact a lawyer as soon as possible after you’re arrested. The sooner you can get a lawyer involved in your case, the better they will be able to protect you.
At the NoVA Law Firm, we understand the mix of complex emotions that can go along with facing a DUI charge. For an experienced Fairfax DUI Attorney who will always pursue the best solution in your case, contact Eric E. Clingan at the NoVa Law Firm.