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Virginia DWI advocacy continues past the trial date

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Virginia DWI advocacy needs to continue past the trial date, says Fairfax DUI lawyer

Virginia DWI advocacy is primarily about preparing for the trial date, engaging in settlement / plea negotiations, and handling any sentencing hearing. As a Fairfax DUI lawyer, my work does not simply end there. As a Fairfax criminal defense lawyer, I assist my clients right through numerous years after we concluded their case in court. Although most of their cases conclude on the disposition date, numerous of my Virginia DUI and criminal defense clients need assistance beyond then, including  smoothing over issues with their probation agent or VASAP (the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program), helping them with employment-related issues that arise from their case, and terminating federal probation early.

Virginia DWI advocacy sometimes takes the form of assisting with any bumps with VASAP

Virginia DWI advocacy sometimes calls for interaction with VASAP to smooth out any kinks in my DUI or criminal defendant’s dealings with VASAP. Sometimes this is a matter as small as enabling the ignition interlock device (IID) to be installed right away, and other times this involves my contacting the probation or VASAP agent to hopefully avoid a probation violation hearing, or at least to blunt the possibility of a probation violation finding, or at least to avoid active incarceration.

VA DWI defendants need to know their post-trial rights

Virginia DWI advocacy also involves assuring that defendants timely know their post-trial / post- sentencing rights. As a Fairfax DUI lawyer, I make sure that my clients know their appeal rights so that they may make an informed decision whether to seek such relief. Sometimes, my clients simply wish a debriefing about the whirlwind of happenings on their court date. Part of what I do is to help my clients demystify the courthouse experience.

Sometimes VA DWI defendants simply want to get matters off their chests

Convicted Virginia DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, pursuant to Virginia Code § 18.2-266) and criminal defendants often want to get matters off their chests, and often want a better perspective on the whirlwind of activity in the courthouse. Virginia DWI advocacy includes providing informed responses to such questions.  Sometimes defendants whose cases were acquitted or dismissed also want to blow off steam, sometimes simply expressing dissatisfaction that their case got prosecuted at all

Shortening a VA DWI defendant’s probation length

Virginia DWI advocacy can also involve pursuing the shortening of a defendant’s probation length. I recently achieved that in Alexandria federal court when underlining to the judge (the prosecutor objected) that the probation officer — who is in the front lines of such work — and my client’s military commanding officer had both advocated for early termination of probation, where that was important in order for my client to be able to qualify for an uptick in his career by being sent overseas for doing medical work.

Hire the right VA DWI lawyer for you

When you meet with potential lawyers to handle your Virginia DWI advocacy, you may wish to inquire about your potential lawyer’s willingness and likelihood to be available to assist you even after the matter you hired a lawyer for contractually terminates once court proceedings have concluded. Fairfax DUI lawyer Jonathan Katz assists his DWI and criminal defense clients with post-disposition matters, beyond pursuing your best possible defense both pretrial and during any trial of your case. Call 703-383=1100 to schedule your free initial in-person confidential consultation with Jon Katz about your court-pending case.