Norfolk DUI Defense Lawyers
Handling DUI & Traffic Violations in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Hampton, Newport News and All of Virginia
In Virginia, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving with a suspended license and reckless driving are categorized as serious traffic offenses, punishable by jail, fines and license suspensions. Our firm’s Serious Traffic Offense Panel (STOP) practice group ensures the highest level of representation of persons charged with these and other traffic infractions.
The statutes governing serious traffic offenses, especially driving under the influence, change frequently. It has become a special area of criminal law and it is crucial that your attorney possess exacting expertise in this arena. Our STOP attorneys have over a century of collective legal experience in area courts and have spent decades developing the knowledge and relationships that are beneficial for our traffic court clients.
At Protogyrou Law, we understand how a conviction of a charge of a serious traffic offense can affect our client’s freedom, pocketbook, insurance, job and family. Our Norfolk DUI defense attorneys take your future seriously.
Virginia DUI Laws & Penalties
In Virginia, it is against the law to drive a vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of at least .08 percent. However, the legal limit for commercial drivers is .04 percent, while underage drivers (motorists under 21 years old) have legal limit of .02 percent.
A first DUI offense is a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum 12-month jail term, a fine not exceeding $2,500, and driver’s license suspension for up to 12 months. However, if your BAC was at least .15 percent upon arrest, then a conviction results in a minimum jail sentence of five days. If your BAC was more than .20 percent, then the mandatory jail term is 10 days.
Our firm handles the following types of DUI cases in Virginia:
- First DUI
- Multiple DUIs
- DUID (DUI with Drugs)
- Underage DUI
- Commercial DUI
- DUI with a Child Passenger
- DUI Vehicular Assault
- DUI Vehicular Homicide
According to Virginia’s implied consent law, if you refuse to take a post-arrest breath test, it is considered a civil offense, punishable by license suspension for one year. A second refusal within 10 years is a Class 1 misdemeanor with license suspension for three years.
Ready to Help You Avoid Serious Penalties from Traffic Violations
Did you know that simply paying off a traffic ticket really means admitting guilt? Not only are you subject to a fine, but also points on your driver’s license that could result in license suspension and increased insurance premiums. As we mentioned before, certain traffic offenses like reckless driving are considered criminal offenses that carry serious penalties like jail time. Protogyrou Law can determine if there are any available defenses that apply to your case and help you avoid serious penalties.
Call (757) 267-6611 for more information about our experienced and skilled legal services.