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. Every target of a police DUI investigation typically triggers a REQUEST to perform various VOLUNTARY field sobriety exercises. Retain the best possible Richmond VA DUI Lawyer today to assist you with navigating a complicated maze of possible defenses, procedures, and possible penalties.

Effective DUI Defense Attorneys

the best dui lawyers are members of the national college for dui defenseRiley & Wells Attorneys-At-Law possess over 45 years of combined DUI law experience and are routinely recognized by various legal organizations as Top Attorneys who routinely practice DUI defense law in Richmond VA and are highly rated for superior legal ability and 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 serious clients want presenting their best defense.

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

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 cityThe Virginia 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. NOTE: An arrest for DUI is NOT a conviction. Our experienced Richmond DUI Attorneys understand that your DUI arrest may be an embarrassing and devastating event. We believe that you need a non-judgmental advocate to put together your best defense and assist you with a process that can be extremely complicated rather than lecture you about your decision making that led to getting arrested. We will put our years of successfully defending Richmond DUI cases to work for you to help you mitigate the effects of being arrested for DUI and to carefully analyzed the facts of your case to ensure that all applicable defenses are presented.

Richmond DUI Attorney Client Review

Richmond 1st DUI Reduced to Reckless Driving with only a FINE. I was arrested for a 1st DUI with a BAC of 0.11 in Richmond City. I had interviewed two Richmond DUI attorneys in-person and talked with one over the phone before hiring Mitchell Wells. I found him to be the most credible and professional. (I had also called a prominent DUI attorney in Atlanta, Georgia for a referral, and the attorney recommended the Riley & Wells law firm.) After speaking with him, he seemed optimistic that he could get the DUI charge amended to Reckless Driving. (He also has a very knowledgeable and polite staff of paralegals who were able to answer important questions about my case.) He always returned my calls in a very timely manner -- which is extremely important. He was very clear in explaining to me what his defense strategy was going to be over the course of my case. We had to go to court three times over the course of three months. Mitchell talked with the prosecutor each time we went to court, and finally, after our third appearance and the arresting police officer not showing up, he was able to get the charge amended to Reckless Driving. The only penalty was a $500 court fine. I didn't have my license suspended, receive jail time, or have to go to VASAP. I am extremely satisfied with the result. I feel that it was almost unprecedented, and extraordinary. Mitchell has a lot to be proud of, and I recommend him as a strong DUI attorney in Richmond.

Richmond DUI with 0.13 BAC REDUCED to Reckless Driving

field sobriety checkpoints are held all over richmond va at random times to stop drunk drivingOur Richmond DUI Lawyers represented a client who was arrested for DUI after being stopped at a sobriety checkpoint in the VCU area. Our client did not exhibit impaired driving and performed relatively well on the field sobriety tests administered by the Virginia State Trooper. A breath test was performed at the Richmond police station and our client’s breath was analyzed to have a blood alcohol content of 0.13%.

Our Richmond DUI Attorneys thoroughly analyzed every aspect of our client’s case for every possible defense. Some people think that if the breath or blood test result in a case is 0.08% or higher then they are automatically guilty of DUI. This is true in many cases, but not all cases. In this particular case, we were able to put arguments and plea bargaining techniques together to remove our client from the DUI category. Our client accepted a plea agreement to resolve her case as a reckless driving disposition on motion by the Commonwealth Attorney. Our client avoided a DUI conviction and was happy with how we resolved the case.

Richmond DUI with 0.27 BAC No Jail

eciriiOur Richmond VA DUI Lawyers presented a client who was arrested for DUI. The evidence of intoxication was overwhelming. Our client was taken to the police station for a breath test to be performed. The Department of Forensic Science issued breath test machine analyzed our client’s Blood Alcohol Level to be 0.27%, which is more than triple the legal limit.

Sometimes, the issue in the case is protecting our client from a significant term of incarceration. Our Richmond DUI Lawyers thoroughly and completely analyzed all the case materials, including documents from the Department of Forensic Science regarding the operations of the breath test machine used in our client’s case. We were prepared for trial and convinced the Court due to various other factors to not sentence our client to an active term of incarceration in the Richmond City Jail. Our client was relieved to not have to serve a jail sentence and only have to deal with the ASAP course and restricted driving along with a minor fine.

Let us review YOUR case. We can help!

By Mitch Wells 11/10/2015 | Updated 4/30/2018