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Alexandria DUI Lawyer

Aggressive Defense Against DUI Charges in Virginia

Have you been arrested or charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI)? A conviction can have a lasting impact on your life with the possibility of criminal and administrative penalties. If you have been charged, you should speak with a defense attorney before pleading guilty.

Call Silis & Associates immediately to speak with an Alexandria DUI attorney about your charge. Contrary to what many DUI defendants think, they may have viable defense options that can reduce their charges or even have their case dismissed.

Our attorneys know how to identify shortcomings in the state's claims in these cases and ensure that these charges against our clients receive the scrutiny they deserve.

Call Silis & Associates today at (703) 721-4773 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our DUI attorney in Alexandria!

Virginia DUI Laws

You may be charged with DUI for operating a motor vehicle or watercraft in the state of Virginia with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher.

A driver may be charged with DUI with a lower blood alcohol content, as well, if the driver's ability to operate the vehicle is impaired or an officer determines that the driver is under the influence of drugs.

It should be noted that the BAC requirement is lower for specific drivers. For a commercial driver, the legal limit is 0.04% or higher, and 0.02% for underage drivers.

Field Sobriety Tests

Law enforcement officers may use field sobriety tests to determine impairment, such as:

  • Walk and turn tests
  • Standing on one leg
  • Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test
  • Standing with the arms out and looking up toward the sky
  • Reciting the alphabet, counting backward
  • Closing the eyes and touching the nose with a finger

Breathalyzer tests are not always accurate at determining impairment, particularly if the use of drugs is suspected. In addition, field sobriety tests can be subjective and influenced by various factors.

It is important to contact an Alexandria DUI lawyer as soon as possible to ensure you receive the legal assistance you need to protect your rights.

What are the Penalties for DUI in Virginia?

DUI may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on your BAC, whether this is your first or a subsequent conviction, and other factors.

The possible penalties for a first DUI conviction include:

  • Up to 12 months in jail
  • Fines up to $2,500
  • One-year license suspension

The possible penalties for a second DUI conviction include:

  • Up to 12 months in jail
  • Fines up to $2,500
  • Three-year license suspension
  • Completion of the ASAP Alcohol Program

The possible penalties for a second DUI conviction include:

  • Up to 5 years in jail
  • Fines up to $2,500
  • Indefinite license suspension
  • Completion of the ASAP Alcohol Program

Our criminal defense attorneys in Alexandria can help you determine the possible penalties you may be facing and outline what our steps would be to help minimize the impact of your drunk driving charge on your life.

Defenses Against DUI Charges

Navigating DUI charges requires a strategic defense. Silis & Associates has a proven track record of employing effective defenses tailored to each case:

  • Illegal Stop or Arrest: Challenge the legality of the initial traffic stop or arrest.
  • Inaccurate BAC Results: Question the reliability of breath or blood test results.
  • Field Sobriety Test Errors: Challenge the accuracy of field sobriety tests.
  • Miranda Rights Violation: Examine whether Miranda rights were administered correctly.
  • Rising BAC Defense: Argue that the BAC was within legal limits during the actual driving but rose illegally by the testing time.
  • Medical Conditions: Present evidence that certain medical conditions may have affected test results.
  • No Probable Cause: Argue that there was insufficient probable cause for the arrest.

Our experienced team at Silis & Associates employs a comprehensive approach to building strong defenses, leveraging our knowledge of Virginia DUI laws and extensive courtroom experience.

Contact Our Alexandria DUI Attorney Today

When facing DUI charges in Virginia, securing the services of a skilled and experienced DUI lawyer is paramount. Silis & Associates is committed to providing aggressive representation, protecting your rights, and pursuing the best possible outcome for your case. Our track record of success and dedication to our clients makes us the top choice for those navigating the challenges of DUI charges in the Alexandria area.

Contact Silis & Associates today to meet with our DUI lawyer in Alexandria!

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