Fairfax County and Alexandria Defense Lawyers and Attorneys
Experienced DWI lawyer serving Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax County and surrounding areas.
The Breathalyzer may say .08, but that does not mean you are guilty of driving under the influence. I am Jonathan Y. Short, and I have helped people avoid DWI convictions by mounting intelligent, powerful defenses to protect their rights and driving privileges. I have helped many more clients minimize the consequences they would otherwise face for a drunk driving arrest.
I have more than 25 years of experience as a DWI defense attorney, and I can help you understand your options. You should not plead guilty before reaching out to me to learn more about your rights. Many drunk driving cases are surprisingly weak, so it may be possible for an experienced attorney to expose those weaknesses and prevent a conviction.
Stiff Penalties for DWI in Virginia
Virginia has some of the toughest laws in the country on drinking and driving:
- A first conviction for driving while intoxicated results in a 12-month driver’s license suspension and ASAP (alcohol education classes). For a BAC of .15 or higher, there is mandatory jail time.
- A second DWI within five years carries a mandatory minimum of 20 days in jail and a three-year license suspension.
- Drivers under 21 can be charged with drunk driving at a BAC of .02, plus they can be charged with underage possession of alcohol.
- Commercial drivers with a CDL license may lose their jobs if convicted, because there is no restricted license.
- A DWI/DUI conviction is expensive. You may be required to install an ignition interlock device on your car at your expense, plus pay fines, ASAP costs, license reinstatement fees and higher insurance rates.
Fighting a DWI
I am an experienced DWI lawyer who knows how to attack the evidence. Was there probable cause to pull you over? One swerve or a broken mirror may not be a sufficient reason for a traffic stop. If we can show that the officer lacked grounds to stop you and question you, the case may be dismissed.
Did the officer rely on field sobriety tests to determine that you were drunk? Although officers use a variety of tests, only three tests have been scientifically proven to be reasonable predictors of intoxication — and only if the officer administers them properly. If I can cast doubt on the walk-and-turn test or other roadside test, the Breathalyzer and other evidence may be thrown out.
Limiting the Impact
If your case cannot be dismissed, I will negotiate for reduced charges (reckless driving) or alternative penalties. It may be possible to avoid the conviction on your record through a deferred sentence. I will also help you petition for a restricted license to drive to work, school, doctor appointments and day care while your license is suspended.
Contact a Washington, D.C., Drunk Driving Defense Attorney
Do not plead guilty! Call me at 703-465-5505 for a free consultation, or contact me by e-mail to find out how I can help. I represent clients throughout Arlington, Prince William, Fairfax County, and Loudoun counties, and the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church.