Virginia criminal lawyer/ Fairfax DUI attorney - Highly rated and defending since 1991
Virginia DUI Lawyer | Fairfax DUI Attorney
Virginia DUI lawyer/ Fairfax DWI attorney pursuing your best defense
Virginia DUI lawyer Jon Katz recognizes the real jail, employment, security clearance, lifestyle and reputational risks posed by DWI/DUI charges, and defends these and all other criminal cases to the hilt. Virginia DUI defense accounts for a substantial portion of Jon’s law practice.
Virginia DUI Lawyer/ Fairfax Criminal Attorney
The Virginia DUI laws are harsh and call for a strong legal defense
Do not take a Virginia DUI stop, arrest, or prosecution lying down. Too much is at stake if convicted of Viriginia DUI, including potential jail, loss of driving privileges, and increased car insurance costs. Virginia DUI convictions harm people’s reputations; can set back non-U.S. citizens, to say the least; and can threaten security clearances, employment with the military, and health care licenses.
The best defense against Virginia DUI charges starts with not getting behind the wheel less than 24 hours after consuming alcohol. Short of that, if you feel any effects of alcohol, stay away from the wheel; unfortunately, plenty of people with a 0.08 or higher blood alcohol content do not feel the effects of alcohol to know to stay away from the wheel. Also, it is important not to drive with defective equipment nor to violate any moving violation laws; to do otherwise gives police a free pass to stop and investigate even otherwise innocent drivers and passengers for a whole host of crimes going even beyond DUI.
Points to consider if stopped and suspected for violating the Virginia DUI law
A tough question is whether to agree to submit to a post-arrest breath test at the jail or police station, or to a blood test when asked to submit to such a test. In Virginia, refusing a post-arrest breath or blood test (only where the refusal charge will be a civil charge for blood testing) can be charged as a separate offense and mandatory loss of driving privileges if so convicted. However, submitting to such testing only makes the prosecutor’s job easier for obtaining a conviction if one has been consuming alcohol or if one has drugs in his or her system.
How to proceed in defending against a Virginia DUI prosecution
Virginia DUI lawyer Jon Katz obtains the forensic data in the case, obtains a blood transfer order to a private lab in blood draw Virginia DUI cases, and obtains a discovery order, all for pursuing the best defense in the client’s case.
Repeatedly over the years, Virginia DUI lawyer Jon Katz has worked with forensic toxicology experts to challenge the accuracy of breath and blood alcohol testing, advancing his forensic knowledge in DUI cases even when such an expert is not hired.
A key point to remember is that all DUI and other criminal defendants are presumed innocent under the law unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This means that breath and blood testing results are not sacrosanct, and can be attacked. This means that the question in such cases does not begin and end with asking the result of a breath or blood test, but to challenge the results of such testing, and to acknowledge (usually needing the testimony of an appropriate expert witness) that blood alcohol levels can be rising, falling, or staying somewhat in a holding pattern between the time a police officer stops a driver and has the driver submit to breath or blood testing for alcohol.
In 1933, alcohol prohibition was repealed in the United States, only to be replaced with the draconian prohibition of the DUI laws. A full court press is essential for this and all criminal defense.
Virginia DUI lawyer/ Fairfax criminal attorney Jon Katz has successfully defended thousands of DUI and criminal defendants since 1991. To discuss your case with Jon in confidence, please call his staff at (703) 383-1100.