Chesterfield County DUI Lawyers

Chesterfield police officers will ask motorists suspected of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol to perform field sobriety exercises

Field Sobriety Test

Drunk driving offenses are aggressively prosecuted in the Chesterfield County courts. The Chesterfield County Police Officers and Virginia State Troopers who patrol the county are extensively trained on how to thoroughly investigate DUI allegations, which often includes breath testing and administering field sobriety testing exercises. Chesterfield County DUI cases will typically originate from a simple traffic stop, but can also be the result of an accident or DUI checkpoints throughout the County, which is often conducted in areas such as Midlothian, Bon Air or Chester.

Experienced DUI Defense Trial Lawyers

Riley & Wells Attorneys-At-Law possess over 45 years of combined DUI & traffic law experience and has been recognized as a “Best Law firm” for superior legal ability and the highest of ethical standards. We are the skilled Chesterfield County VA DUI Attorneys that clients who value their freedom, future, and driving privileges want representing them. We use every resource the law allows, and consider guilty pleas only when they are in the best interests of our clients.

Virginia DUI Penalties

A DUI conviction can have a significant, far-reaching impact on your life. Penalties for a Chesterfield County DUI conviction are substantial and often include:

  • dui lawyers in chesterfield VA can assist you if you have been arrested for drinking and driving Possible incarceration
  • Ignition Interlock
  • Suspension or Revocation of Driving Privileges
  • Expensive fines
  • Probation
  • DUI education courses such as VASAP
  • Significant cost increases to or loss of automobile insurance
  • Loss of employment or employment opportunities

Conviction for DUI first offense  Mandatory, minimum $250 fine  Driver’s license revocation for one year Conviction for DUI second offense  Mandatory, minimum $500 fine  Driver’s license revocation for three years  Possible jail term up to one year Conviction for DUI second offense within ten years of prior offense carries the following additional penalty  Mandatory, minimum ten-day jail term Conviction for DUI second offense within five years of prior offense carries the following additional penalty  Mandatory, minimum 20-day jail term Three DUI convictions within a ten-year period  Mandatory, indefinite driver’s license revocation  If your driving privilege is revoked for a first or second DUI offense conviction and you receive another DUI, the license revocation period will run consecutively with the existing revocation period. Conviction for DUI third offense or DWI felony  Mandatory, minimum $1,000 fine  Mandatory indefinite driver’s license revocation  Prosecution as a Class 6 felony Conviction for DUI third offense within five years carries the following additional penalty  Mandatory, minimum six-month jail term Conviction for DUI third offense within ten years carries the following additional penalty  Mandatory, minimum 90-day jail term  Permanent forfeiture of your vehicle (if you are the sole owner) Conviction for DUI fourth or subsequent offense  Mandatory, minimum one-year jail term BAC of 0.15% and not higher than 0.20% at the time of arrest  First offense carries a mandatory, minimum five-day jail term in addition to all other penalties  Second offense within ten years carries a mandatory, minimum ten-day jail term in addition to all other penalties BAC of 0.20% or higher at the time of arrest  First offense carries a mandatory, minimum ten-day jail term in addition to all other penalties

Chesterfield County DUI Client Review

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Experienced DUI Defense Attorneys Chesterfield County

chesterfield dui lawyers present arguments on behalf of their clients in the chesterfield courthouseAn experienced, dedicated Chesterfield Virginia DUI Attorney on your side that understands the complexities of the Virginia DUI law can present your best defense and help you mitigate the often harsh serious effects of a DUI allegation. The simple fact is, you are in trouble with the law and you need a non-judgmental advocate to give you straightforward advice about protecting you before the Court and presenting your best defense. We will carefully analyze the facts of your case to ensure that all applicable defenses are timely raised on your behalf. A Chesterfield VA DUI allegation is charged under Va. Code 18.2-266, which states in part that it is unlawful for any person to drive or operate any motor vehicle while such person has a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or more or while such person is under the influence of alcohol. NOTE: A DUI arrest is NOT a DUI conviction.

Chesterfield DUI with BAC 0.21 Reduced to Reckless Driving

a chesterfield police officer will arrest the motorist if evidence of probable cause of driving drunk is collectedOur Chesterfield County DUI Lawyers represented a client who was involved in an accident. She was injured in the accident and taken to the hospital. The police officer obtained a sample of her blood at the hospital that was analyzed by the Department of Forensic Science. The blood was analyzed and determined to have a blood alcohol content of 0.21. No field sobriety tests were performed due to the client’s injury as a result of the accident. After a careful review of the case by Riley & Wells Attorneys-At-Law, there were issues regarding the admissibility of the blood test results. We negotiated an amendment to the DUI allegation down to a Reckless Driving disposition that satisfied the client. The state troopers typically patrol the Interstates thru Chesterfield County and the local police typically patrol highways such as Midlothian Turnpike, Hull Street, Jeff Davis Highway looking for drunk drivers. If you have been arrested for DUI in Chesterfield County VA, then you need an experienced Chesterfield VA DUI Lawyer who has the ability to best defend you. Now is not the time to have a lawyer that is going to lecture you about your choices.

DUI 2nd Offense REDUCED – Refusal Nolle Prosqui

Chesterfield DUI second offense reduced to reckless driving by Chesterfield DUI Lawyer

Chesterfield County DUI Case Result

Our Chesterfield VA DUI Attorneys represented a government contract employee who was pulled over late at night for a dim rear license plate light bulb. The police officer suspected the client of being under the influence of alcohol. The client did not perform particularly well on the administered field sobriety tests and refused the breath test that was offered at the station. The client was arrested for DUI 2nd offense within 5 years and Refusal 2nd offense. The primary issue in the case was whether the traffic stop was lawful. Riley & Wells attorneys researched how the law applied to the client’s case and developed a defense. If the defense motion to suppress the traffic stop was successful, then the client’s entire case would be dismissed. If the Judge overruled such a motion, then the client would have been likely convicted of both allegations as alleged. The Commonwealth Attorney offered the client a plea agreement to reduce or amend the DUI 2nd offense within 5 years to reckless driving and drop or nolle prosqui the refusal 2nd offense with no active jail penalty. The client accepted the plea agreement offer because it protected him and removed the risk of losing at trial.

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By Mitch Wells 11/10/2015 | Updated 4/27/2018