Arrested for Drunk Driving?
Criminal Defense Firm Serving Virginia Beach & Hampton Roads
Being arrested for drunk driving can be a frightening situation. Many people are unaware that they have rights that deserve to be protected and that working with an attorney can help safeguard these rights. At the Law Office of Shawn M. Cline, PC, we are committed to ensuring that our clients receive aggressive representation for their situations. By retaining the counsel of our firm, you can be assured that your entire case will be handled by a highly experienced and professional criminal lawyer in Virginia Beach. After an arrest, whether for a violent crime,
driving under the influence, or any other offense, contact the Law Office of Shawn M. Cline, PC right away and speak with an aggressive legal professional.
Steps to Take Following an Arrest
Under Virginia laws, there are specific regulations that officers will need to follow in order to ensure that they do not violate a citizen's rights during a traffic stop or arrest. It is important to remember that DUI arrests are not traffic offenses; they are criminal charges that could lead to very serious convictions and penalties. Following these guidelines can help make all the difference in the outcome of your case.
Know Your Rights
As a driver in Virginia, you have rights. These rights are important to remember, and at our firm, we encourage each individual to fully exercise his or her rights. You have the right to remain silent because anything you say can be held against you in a court of law. You also have the right to an attorney, and politely declining to answer any questions until you speak with a legal counselor is very important.
Do Not Submit to a Search
Unless an officer has a search warrant or your consent to search you, your vehicle or your person, they cannot just begin searching and seizing items. You do not have to submit to a search without speaking to an attorney first.
While you may be feeling frustrated over the situation, it is never recommended that you act rudely or try to get out of an arrest by being aggressive. Even if you are sober, resisting arrest can result in a criminal charge. You need to remain calm and polite and speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
Know that Virginia has an Implied Consent Law
Virginia recognizes the implied consent law. This law requires all individuals who are suspected of being under the influence to submit to a breath, chemical or urine test if so requested by an officer. Failure to comply with any of these tests can result in the automatic suspension of your license.
Protect Your Driving Privileges
When you work with an attorney, you can increase your chances of protecting your driving privileges. Prior to your criminal hearing, you may be able to seek an administrative hearing with the Department of Transportation. At this hearing, your attorney can be present and testify on your behalf to help you retain your driver's license or assist you in obtaining a restricted driver's license.
Understand the Penalties Against You
It is important that you work with an attorney to understand the penalties that you may be facing. A criminal DUI conviction could mean that you will face time in jail or prison, be required to install an interlock ignition device in your vehicle, have to pay fines, and / or lose your driving privileges. It is important you contact our firm right away.
Work with the Law Office of Shawn M. Cline, PC
At our firm, we understand that any criminal charge can be stressful and we encourage individuals to seek experienced representation from the Law Office of Shawn M. Cline, PC. Our firm is committed to providing legal counsel to individuals facing a variety of legal concerns and we can help ensure that your rights, freedoms and driving privileges are protected. With the guidance of the Law Office of Shawn M. Cline, PC, you can rest assured that your case will be in good hands. We will aggressively review your situation, develop a solid strategy, and fight to provide you with the best possible outcome for your case. If you have questions or concerns about your situation, or if you have been recently arrested, contact the Virginia Beach DUI defense lawyer from the Law Office of Shawn M. Cline, PC right away! We are easily reached by scheduling a
free case evaluation online via our easy-to-use online form.