Fairfax DUIs are serious cases. That's why we spend most of our time defending DUIs. We've written about going Fairfax General District Court in our FAIRFAX GDC page, so take a look there for some non-cookie cutter AI generated information about what to expect there.
Here, we also give an overview of the laws, penalties, and available defenses to protect your rights.
DUI charges are serious offenses that can result in substantial legal, financial, and personal consequences. Understanding the legal landscape and knowing your rights is crucial to ensure the best possible outcome for your case.
DUI Laws in Fairfax
Fairfax DUIs fall under the Virginia Code 18.2-266. Any driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent or higher is considered to be driving under the influence (DUI). If you're under 21, Fairfax has zero tolerance and a driver can be convicted at any BAC level. The .08 BAC for adult drivers is what Fairfax lawyers call a per se BAC, but prosecutors can try to convict a driver of a BAC even if the BAC is below .08.
Penalties for DUI in Fairfax
The penalties for DUI offenses in Fairfax can vary. If a driver has prior DUIs, the BAC is high above .08, or if there's an accident or FATALITY, penalties can go higher. But for a first DUI in Fairfax without these enhancements, Virginia code classifies a first DUI as a Class 1 misdemeanor under Virginia Code 18.2-11. Penalties for a first DUI in Fairfax can include: (i) up to 12 months in jail; (ii) license for one year; (iii) a mandatory minimum fine of $500 or performance of a mandatory minimum of 50 hours of community service; and (iv) VASAP classes.
Legal Defenses for Fairfax DUIs
We've written about DUI defenses in our Virginia DUI FAQ page and in many of our BLOG posts. Look around and see. But for here, some of the best Fairfax DUI defenses include: challenging probable cause for the stop, challenging the toxicology score, and of course cross examining the police office.
How to Find a DUI Lawyer in Fairfax
CALL US or search the web. Check to see Google reviews. Check for experience. SL England was a former federal prosecutor who now fights for private clients. There are other lawyers out there, but don't be fooled by fake reviews. We don't use them. If you find that someone has 1,000's of reviews on Google, ask yourself: if you had that many 5 star clients, wouldn't be retired already? We give personal attention to our clients, so give us a call and we will tell you what makes us different.
When facing DUI charges in Fairfax, knowledge is power. By understanding the laws, penalties, and legal defenses, you can take proactive steps to protect your rights and work towards a favorable outcome. Call us today for a free consultation.