Greensville County | Emporia VA Criminal Trial Lawyers
Riley & Wells Attorneys-At-Law is a local law firm that concentrates its Greensville County/Emporia VA law practice in the area of criminal law, which includes the more specialized areas of DUI & reckless drivingtraffic law. Greensville County is the southern most Virginia county along the Interstate 95 corridor and Emporia is the county seat. The Greensville County courthouse is located in Emporia VA.
Our law firm is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell for the highest level of professional excellence in legal ability and ethical standards. Martindale-Hubbell, founded in 1868, is perhaps the most distinguished, established legal directory in the Country whose sole purpose is to publish reliable information regarding lawyers. Our Greensville VA Trial Attorneys dedicate their careers to the practice of criminal & traffic law and are also members of some of the most prestigious criminal law organizations in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Country. We firmly believe that active membership and leadership in organizations such as the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National College for DUI Defense and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, to name a few, make us better advocates for our clients.
Criminal trials can be a very complicated and highly specialized area of the law. Do not place your trust in a law firm that either juggles many areas of law or simply does not possess the necessary experience. A Virginia criminal conviction is permanent and it could forever negatively affect your future. Do you want an attorney who will process your case through the courts as quickly as possible without ever really taking the time to learn your case? Of course not. You want an accomplished advocate, who will stand by your side, from beginning to end, to represent you professionally, and aggressively if necessary. Contact a recognized leader in criminal law today for a free evaluation of your case.
Greensville County | Emporia VA Reckless Driving Client Review
Successful Reckless Driving & Traffic Law Defense Attorneys
Greensville County is a large county with several miles of Interstate 95 running right though the middle of the county. The Greensville Sheriff’s Office, Emporia City Police and the Virginia State Police have very active police forces – all of which aggressively enforce the speed limit and other traffic laws. The county itself has a population of approximately 13,000 residents. As such, the three police forces spend a significant amount of their patrol time on the Interstate and Route 58. This patrol activity generates a significant amount of traffic offenses and in some instances criminal arrests are made as a result of further investigating the traffic stop. Our Greensville County Emporia Virginia Reckless Driving Traffic Lawyers defend all types of reckless driving traffic offenses every week in the Greensville County Virginia Courts. You can benefit from our experience.
Leading Greensville Virginia DUI Law Attorneys
Drunk driving in Greensville County & Emporia VA is aggressively enforced and prosecuted. The Virginia DUI law requires the prosecution to prove the elements of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt in that the Defendant was intoxicated at the time s/he was “operating” a motor vehicle. Intoxication may be proved a number of ways depending on the substance at issue and other evidence. The Virginia legal definition of “operation” is broad and encompasses much less than simply “driving.” The law enforcement officer must have a reasonable articulable suspicion to first detain the suspect for a DUI investigation to begin in the first place, which will typically involve various field sobriety exercises. If the police officer gathers probable cause evidence, then an arrest may be made. The final stage typically involves blood or breath testing and appearing before a judicial official called the magistrate. Theses various steps of the DUI law can become very complex and it takes a seasoned professional who regularly practices DUI law to properly challenge the prosecution’s case. We have successfully defended hundreds of DUI cases, even in situations where a blood or breath test registered above the legal limit. Simply put, our Greensville Virginia Traffic Lawyers have the necessary experience to best defend your DUI case.
Greensville County | Emporia Defense Attorney Case Result
Felony Marijuana Distribution DISMISSED
Our Greensville County traffic attorneys represented a client from Pennsylvania who was traveling through Greensville County/Emporia VA on Interstate 95. The Greensville Sheriff was on patrol and spotted our client apparently travelling at what the Deputy Sheriff stated was a high rate of speed. The Deputy Sheriff conducted a traffic stop and made an allegation of reckless driving speeding 88 miles per hour. The Greensville Sheriff became suspicious of some of our client’s movements during the traffic stop. A police drug was called to conduct a search of the exterior of the vehicle. The evidence was that the drug dog alerted on the vehicle and a search of the vehicle was conducted without a search warrant. A significant amount of marijuana was recovered from the vehicle and our client was subsequently arrested for felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, and reckless driving. Our client was facing up to 10 years in prison just for the felony allegation if convicted. Our attorneys prepared various motions and arguments to challenge the lawfulness of the search, the sufficiency of the distribution evidence, and whether our client possessed the requisite knowledge as required by law. After presenting our case before the Court, the felony allegation was ultimately dismissed, the paraphernalia case was nolle prosequi or dropped by the prosecution and the reckless driving allegation was reduced to a minor speeding ticket.