Just because you have been charged with a Virginia DWI or DUI does not mean you are guilty. What it does mean, however, is that you need to acquire qualified legal representation immediately. Only with the help of an experienced Virginia DUI/DWI attorney will you be able to protect your rights. Thomas Carter has decades of experience helping Virginia drivers resolve all types of traffic matters.
Consequences of a DUI/DWI Conviction
A Virginia DUI/DWI conviction is a serious matter. Not only will it impact your life with immediate fines, inconveniences and/or jail time, it is also a smudge on your record that can haunt you for years to come. Your driver’s license, your money, and even your freedom can be at stake and the courts in Virginia move quickly. This can be overwhelming.
If you face Virginia DUI/DWI charges, contact Tom Carter today at (703) 684–2000. Mr. Carter can give you an honest assessment as to what your options are for resolution and can guide you through the legal process.
Some of the more common offenses include reckless driving and driving on a suspended or revoked license.
Reckless Driving Charges
Exceeding the speed limit by 20mph or more can result in a charge of reckless driving. This is so even if you are paying careful attention to your driving and not acting “reckless” in any way. Convictions can result in:
- Suspended License
- Jail Time
- Insurance Premium Increases
- Criminal Conviction
- DMV demerits on Your Permanent Record (Points)
Oftentimes, a reckless driving charge cannot be successfully dismissed. In that event, Mr. Carter negotiates with the prosecutor in an effort to get the charges reduced. Reduced charges can result in maintaining your driver’s license, reducing fines, staying out of jail and mitigating insurance premium increases. Prosecutors will listen to and work with reasonable defense counsel in an effort to resolve reckless driving charges.
Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License
Driving on a suspended or revoked license, like DUI/DWI convictions or Reckless Driving, is a criminal offense, not a traffic infraction. The penalties can be very serious including further license suspension or revocation, fines, jail terms and insurance problems.
There is one basic consideration present in every driving on suspended or revoked license: the prosecutor must prove the defendant had notice that his driving privileges were suspended or revoked. This notice requirement is a complex area of law involving many different considerations. Problems often result in dismissal or reduction of the charges.
Put an end to your driving troubles now, before they get out of hand. With the help and experience of Tom Carter, you can defend your rights and protect your future.