Virginia Reckless Driving, DUI Attorneys
Nearly everyone understands that being convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs can have extremely serious consequences. But did you know that you could serve up to a year in jail for speeding?
It's true. DUI and reckless driving can both result in stiff fines and incarceration. That is why it is important to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney if you have been arrested for either offense.
At Stone, Cardwell & Dinkin, PLC, in Richmond, Virginia, we provide experienced and aggressive defense of DUI and reckless driving charges.
It seems the drunk driving laws become more severe every year.
- You can be found guilty even without taking a blood or breath test. The officer's observation of you and your driving is enough to secure a conviction.
- You can be incarcerated for a first-time offense if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is over a certain amount.
- In the city of Richmond, penalties for conviction of even the most minor DUI offense include a mandatory afternoon in lockup.
Driver's License Suspension
In all cases, those convicted of DUI will automatically lose their driver's license for 12 months. Our attorneys are often successful in obtaining a restricted license for our clients, which allows them to travel to work or school.
We fight DUI charges by questioning whether the officer had probable cause to make the stop and by demanding that every technical aspect of the law is followed to the letter. For example, was the arrest made within three hours of the observation of impaired driving?
In many cases, we are able to get a DUI charge dismissed or reduced to reckless driving, which is better for your record.
Reckless Driving Defense
You can be charged with reckless driving for causing an accident or just for driving more than 20 miles over the speed limit.
Many people are not aware that reckless driving is a class one misdemeanor, punishable by up to 12 months in jail and up to a $2,500 fine. It is a six-point offense on your record — the same as DUI.
Don't face the power of the government alone. Contact the DUI and reckless driving defense lawyers of Stone, Cardwell & Dinkin, PLC, for a free consultation. We know what you are up against and we will fight for the best possible outcome to your case.