Manassas DWI & DUI Attorney
Approximately 30 percent of all traffic fatalities in Virginia are due to alcohol-impaired drivers. In one study completed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately one in four drivers tested positive for at least one drug that could have an effect on their driving ability. The punishments for these risky driving behaviors are harsh because government agencies are trying to curb these high statistics and keep the road safe for all users. However, the police do not have perfect methods in place for proving drugs or alcohol were in a driver’s system. If you have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI), you will want to seek legal assistance. One of our experienced Manassas DWI & DUI attorneys at Simms Showers LLP can help reduce or eliminate your charges.
What is Considered a DUI or DWI?
It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of higher than .08 percent. How much alcohol a person can consume to reach this level varies on the person’s gender, weight, and more. At this concentration a person will have trouble focusing, slower reaction speeds, poor judgement, and other symptoms that impair their driving. According to Virginia Statute 18.2-226, there are similar limits for drugs. For example, a person cannot have more than .02 milligrams of cocaine per liter of blood in their system while driving.
The penalties for drinking while intoxicated or driving under the influence vary based on the circumstances. If the driver is underage, the consequences will be more severe. Other reasons the punishment may be harsher is if a crash was caused, the driver has prior convictions, or open containers were found in the vehicle. Possible consequences of being convicted of drinking drunk or while otherwise impaired include:
- Jail time;
- Driving education classes;
- Community service;
- Points on your license;
- Potentially losing your license; and
- Increased auto insurance premiums.
Reliability of Police Investigations
The evidence that gets people convicted of a DUI or DWI comes from the police work done in the field when they pull a driver over. However, not all of the tests and devices used are foolproof. As DUI and DWI attorneys, we are educated in all of the protocols used by police and we are able to determine whether errors were made in your case.
Expungement of Your DUI or DWI
If your DUI or DWI was your first offense, you may be able to get it expunged from your record. This means it gets sealed away by the court and you no longer have to disclose your conviction when applying for a job, loan, or apartment. A Manassas attorney can assist you through the process and give you higher chances of success.
Our Manassas Attorneys Can Help You With Your DUI or DWI Charges
The consequences of a DUI or DWI can haunt you as you try to advance in your career and personal life. If you have been arrested for either, or you are seeking to get your convictions expunged, contact the experienced attorneys at Simms Showers LLP.