Newport News DUI Defense Lawyer
Work with a Former Prosecutor for an Effective Defense
If you have been arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, you may feel hopeless, frustrated, or worried. You may think that the state has all the evidence so nothing can be done. You may be anxious about how the charge will affect your finances, your job, and much more. At Ehrenworth Law, PLLC you can work with a former prosecutor who has deep experience on both sides of courtroom.
An arrest does not automatically mean a conviction. Many defenses exist to DUI charges, and that an experienced defense lawyer can make a difference in whether you walk away with a permanent criminal record, a deep hole in your wallet, and a hike in your car insurance or not. Let our Newport News criminal defense lawyer help you fight for your rights.
DWI Facts & Consequences in Virginia
The official term in Virginia for a DUI is “driving while intoxicated,” or DWI.
You can be arrested for drunk or drugged driving if:
- Your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) measures .08 percent or above as an adult. For those under 21, your BAC must not exceed .02 percent
- You are in physical control of the vehicle while intoxicated even if you aren’t driving it (behind the wheel with the keys in the ignition)
- You are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs as witnessed by law enforcement (regardless of your BAC level)
- Your blood measures .01 milligrams or above of methamphetamine
- Your blood measures .02 milligrams or above of cocaine
- Your blood measures .02 milligrams or above of PCP
A first offense is charged as a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by a fine ranging from $250 up to $2,500 along with a one-year license suspension. If you were driving with a minor in the car or if your BAC measured .15 percent or above, you may have to serve jail time of up to five days. If your BAC measured .20 or above your jail time will extend to 10 days.
Other consequences can include the required completion of an alcohol education program and the installation and maintenance of an ignition interlock device. Those with previous convictions within the last 10 years will face steeper penalties.
Exceptional Legal Representation at Ehrenworth Law, PLLC
To increase your chances for a favorable result, you should have an attorney in your corner who is highly knowledgeable and experienced in the handling of all of the technical and scientific as well as legal aspects of a DUI. Attorney Ehrenworth has over 20 years of experience in criminal law and understands the strategies prosecutors use in seeking a conviction, giving our firm a unique edge in building your defense.
Learn more about your case and how we can help by contacting us at (757) 663-4477.
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With a legal career spanning more than 20 years, Attorney Ehrenworth has earned a reputation for providing aggressive advocacy on behalf of his clients. Our firm has handled thousands of cases, and we have helped many clients to secure favorable outcomes for their future. Read more about what clients of Ehrenworth Law, PLLC have to say about our representation. We are committed to ensuring you get the best possible result for your situation, and we are prepared to do everything we can to help you preserve your interests. Call today.