Frequently Asked Questions About DUI

The only way to truly avoid being charged with DUI is to not get behind the wheel after imbibing alcohol. However, should you find yourself in the position of being pulled over under suspicion of drinking and driving, you do have rights. Here is what you should know about handling a possible DWI charge in northern Virginia.

Q. What Should I Do When Pulled Over?

A. Hearing a siren and seeing flashing lights can induce a feeling of panic in many people. One of the best things you can do is to remain calm. While your interaction with the police officer should remain respectful at all times, you should not volunteer any information or say anything to defend yourself, which could be used to incriminate yourself. It is up to the officer to prove that you have done something wrong and you are not obligated to help him. If you do not want to respond to a question, do not lie but rather politely indicate that you do not wish to answer.

Q. Should I Submit to a Breathalyzer?

A. The police officer who pulled you over may request or even demand that you take a portable roadside breathalyzer test. You are not required to submit to this and are within your rights to say no. However, if the incident results in your arrest, Virginia's implied consent law means that you are required to submit to a breath or blood test once you are at the police station. Should you refuse at that point, you will face an additional criminal charge.

Q. What if This Is My First Offense?

A. Even for a first offense, the penalties and consequences associated with a DUI conviction may be significant. Your license will still be suspended, and you may have to pay heavy fines. If your BAC was high enough, you could face jail time. At Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC, in Fairfax, Virginia, we understand that your freedom and reputation are at stake. Therefore, having an experienced attorney to represent you in court is crucial.

Q. Can I Afford a Lawyer?

A. Do not be intimidated by the cost of hiring a lawyer to represent you. Given all that is at stake, having representation is vital. Paying an expensive fine, losing your driving privileges or even spending a few days in jail could ultimately cost you much more in the long run. When you hire an attorney at our firm, our role is to protect your rights and to challenge the charges against you to ensure you receive the best possible outcome.

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