Can I Avoid a Police Checkpoint?

If a person sees a police checkpoint up the road, their first instinct might be to turn around or to try to avoid it. Even if a person hasn’t been drinking, they may not want to deal with the stress that passing through a checkpoint can bring. Unfortunately, if police notice a conspicuous maneuver toRead more

Blood-Alcohol Levels

Many people are aware that .08 is the level for drunk driving, but they may not be completely aware of what that means. .08 refers to your blood alcohol level and it measures how intoxicated a person is while driving. If you are over .08 you will be charged with drunk driving regardless of yourRead more

Dangers of Representing Yourself

When it comes time to have your day in court, you are free to represent yourself without a lawyer, assuming you are of sound mind. While you have every right to choose pro se representation, it is generally not a good idea. Criminal cases are complicated and the stakes are very high. Before choosing toRead more

Probable Cause Explained

If the police want to administer a breath test or otherwise test a person for drunk driving, they must have probable cause. For instance, being pulled over with a broken tail light would not give them probable cause to suspect you of drunk driving. If, however, they ask and you consent to a field sobrietyRead more

Should I Plead or Fight my DUI Charge?

Many people, when charged with driving under the influence, look to simply plead guilty and take a plea bargain. They think that the evidence against them is so overwhelming that there is no point in hiring a lawyer to fight these serious charges. They accept the higher insurance rates, the ignition interlock, the fines and potentialRead more

Can I Get a DUI If My Car is Parked?

Our office has received calls from people who have been charged with DUI even though their car was parked. These people were people who may have had a few drinks and tried to drive only to realize that they were too intoxicated to do so. They tried to do the right thing by pulling overRead more

How to Avoid a DUI

The best way to beat a DUI charge is to never get one in the first place. In order to do this, a person needs to take steps when out on the town with their car. It is entirely possible to go out, have a good time, maybe even have a drink or two, andRead more

Social Host Ordinances Explained

Underage drinking is a problem for society, so Virginia law has placed the onus on parents and homeowners to stop underage drinking in their homes. In 2011, Virginia passed HB 1496, which makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor to allow children under the age of 21 to drink under an adult’s supervision. It can resultRead more

Beware of Prescription Drugs

Prescription drugs have become a daily routine for many people, but they can lead to a DWI charge if you aren’t careful. In Virginia, you do not need to have a blood-alcohol content over .08 to be charged with DWI; rather, the officer will just need to show that a person was impaired behind theRead more

Understanding an Invalid Police Stop

When police pull you over, there must be a valid reason for the stop and probable cause for any subsequent search. If the police simply pull you over because of your race or because they saw you leaving a bar, that is not a valid reason. An attorney will examine any police stop and make sureRead more