DUI Arrest, but a Very Good Result for the Client
Today, one of our attorneys represented a client in a local court who was charged with a first offense Driving Under the Influence charge (DUI/DWI) with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .23. He was arrested after colliding with a parked car, and walking away from the scene of the accident. After extensive discussions and negotiations with the Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney responsible for prosecuting the case against our client, our attorneys were able to achieve a very good result for the client.
If convicted as charged, the client was facing a mandatory minimum jail sentence of ten days, with the real potential for more jail time since the case involved an accident and a very high BAC. In addition, the client would have had to have an ignition interlock system installed on his vehicle for a twelve month period of time along with the other requirements of attending the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP), a fine and a suspension of his driver’s license for twelve months.
Thanks to our attorneys’ hard work, our client was able to completely avoid an active jail sentence by having the enhanced DUI with a very elevated BAC reduced to a standard first offense DUI with no elevated BAC at all. Moreover, even though the client did receive the mandatory twelve month license suspension and VASAP, the attorneys were able to reduce the ignition interlock requirement from twelve months to six months, and get the client a restricted driver’s license that allowed him to drive to work and other important places.
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