Virginia Drunk Driving Charges Reduced
A lawyer at the Law Firm of Weiland Upton recently defended two clients in a Virginia courtroom charged with driving under the influence. The attorney attained successful results in both DUI cases.
One client was charged with a second offense DUI and refusal to take a breathalyzer test. If convicted of both charges, our client would have suffered severe consequences.
The combination of both the refusal charge and the second offense DUI would have resulted in the following:
- A mandatory-minimum sentence of twenty (20) days in jail
- License suspension for four (4) years
- Inability to obtain a restricted license for the two years of his suspension
- Ignition interlock on all vehicles he owned
In his discussions with the Commonwealth Attorney, the attorney at Weiland Upton was successful in convincing the prosecutor that there may have been a legal issue with the initial stop of the client by the police officer. The prosecutor agreed to dismiss the refusal charge and reduce the charge of driving under the influence from a second offense to a first offense DUI. As such, the defendant did not receive any active jail time, was immediately given a restricted license and did not have to install ignition interlock in his vehicle.
The other client was charged with a first offense DUI. Due to mitigating circumstances, the attorney was able to negotiate a reduction from driving while under the influence of alcohol to reckless driving. Our client avoided a mandatory one year suspension of his license and did not have to enroll in the in the Virginia Alcohol Action Safety Program required in a DUI conviction.
Weiland Upton has years of experience providing quality legal representation in Virginia traffic cases. Our office specializes in traffic law, and we are prepared to attain the best possible result in your Virginia DUI case.