Exceptional Richmond VA DUI Lawyer

a motorist in richmond VA is arrested by a richmond police officer for dui because the richmond police gather probable cause evidence of dui Drinking and driving in Richmond VA is aggressively enforced by various police departments. Richmond Police, Virginia State Police, VCU Police, UofR Police and the Capitol Police all investigate DUI cases and make DUI arrests. These police departments have patrol and investigative strategies ranging from intensive patrols to sobriety checkpoints. Retain the best possible Richmond VA DUI Lawyer today to assist you with navigating a complicated maze of possible defenses, procedures, and possible penalties.

NOTE: An arrest is NOT a conviction and not every arrest results in serving an active jail sentence.

Effective DUI Defense Attorneys Richmond Virginia

the best dui lawyers are members of the national college for dui defenseRiley & Wells Attorneys-At-Law is a prominent local Richmond VA law firm with over 45 years of combined DUI law experience. We are routinely recognized by various legal organizations as Top Attorneys who specialize in DUI defense law in Richmond VA. Our DUI lawyers are rated for superior for legal ability and possess the highest of ethical standards. Our lawyers are members of the elite National College for DUI Defense. We are the Richmond VA DUI Attorneys that clients want to present the best defense.

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Virginia DUI Penalties

A Richmond DUI conviction can have a significant, far-reaching negative impact on your life that can include various substantial penalties as follows:

  • Possible incarceration
  • Ignition Interlock
  • Suspension or Revocation of Driving Privileges
  • Expensive fines
  • Probation
  • DUI education courses known as VASAP
  • Significant cost increases to or loss of automobile insurance
  • Loss of employment or employment opportunities

Virginia is Tough on Drunk Driving (⇓DMV DUI Brochure⇓)

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

Experienced DUI Defense Attorneys Richmond VA

the richmond traffic court is where dui trials are held in richmond cityOur experienced Richmond DUI Attorneys understand that your DUI arrest is an embarrassing and devastating event. We believe that you need a non-judgmental advocate to put together your best defense. Our lawyers will assist you with a process that can be extremely complicated rather than lecture you about your decision making that led to getting arrested. We put our decades of collective DUI law experience to work when we represent clients. Our goal is to present your best defense.

Virginia DUI Breath Testing

Richmond DUI Breath TestVirginia DUI law according to Va. Code Section 18.2-266 states in part that it is unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle if a chemical test or other evidence proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the driver was operating with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or more or while such person is under the influence of alcohol.  Additionally, it is also a violation of the DUI law if one is operating under the influence of illegal drugs or prescription medication.

Law Enforcement DUI Investigation Field Sobriety Testing

Richmond VA police officers investigating DUI cases will attempt to have the motorist perform field sobriety exercises but these exercises are optionalIf a motorist is stopped by the police for a traffic violation and the police officer suspects that the motorist may be intoxicated, then the police officer will transition the traffic stop into a DUI investigation. Every motorist who becomes the target of a police DUI investigation will typically be asked to perform field sobriety exercises. These exercises or tests are completely VOLUNTARY.  A motorist is never required to perform any field sobriety exercise.

NOTE: There is almost no scenario where a motorist should perform these tests

Richmond DUI case DISMISSED

Richmond VA DUI Dismissed

Richmond DUI DISMISSED

Many people think that they are automatically guilty of DUI if the breath or blood test result in their case is 0.08% or higher. This is true in many cases, but not all cases. In this case, our client was taken to the police station for a breath test to be performed. The client submitted a breath sample that was analyzed to be in excess of the legal limit. Our Richmond DUI Attorneys thoroughly analyzed every aspect of this case looking for defenses including documents from the Department of Forensic Science regarding the operations of the breath test machine. In this particular case, we were able to convince the Court to dismiss our client’s DUI case.

Let us review YOUR case. We can help!

11/10/2015 | Updated 5/2/2021