All too often, we hear of people just pleading guilty to drunk driving charges. People falsely believe either that they have no other option or that a first time driving under the influence conviction is not a big deal. At Sevila, Saunders, Huddleston & White, we are here to tell you this is simply not true. You do have options and a first time DUI conviction is a big deal.
In talking about a first-time DUI offense, many are shocked to hear the potential consequences here in Virginia. To start, there are expensive fines and mandatory alcohol education classes. By just pleading guilty, a driver could also end up not only losing their driver's license for up to one year, but he or she could even end up being forced to serve time behind bars.
Again though, this is why we are here to tell you that there are options. Even if the prosecution is trying to make it seem like just pleading guilty is a good idea, do not be so sure without first talking to a lawyer.
At Sevila, Saunders, Huddleston & White, we are dedicated criminal defense attorneys. Our main focus is protecting the rights of all Virginia residents, including those facing DUI charges.
When defending against DUI charges, we know what to look for. Were the field sobriety tests properly conducted? What about the breath testing? Was this properly handled? Did the officer have a just reason for pulling the driver over? Did the officer maybe mistake erratic driving for drunk driving? These are all just some of the questions and scenarios we will begin looking into. Even if you think your case is open and shut, do not be so sure. Visit our drunk driving defense page to learn more about our approach.