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.

Traffic Offenses

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
  • Fines
  • 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.

Real estate issues form a substantial part of the Redmon, Peyton & Braswell practice. Virtually all businesses and individuals will at some point need assistance in negotiating a lease or purchase of real estate or in dealing with regulatory authorities involving zoning or land use issues. Redmon, Peyton & Braswell has handled numerous development projects from single-family neighborhoods to complex commercial office buildings.

In-depth experience in financing through normal mortgage channels, private sources and publicly-issued bonds provides RPB clients with the comfort that all available possibilities will be dealt with thoroughly and knowledgeably.

Negotiation of long-term commercial leases and outright purchase contracts, as well as tenancies in common arising out of Section 1031 exchanges require the experienced counsel available at Redmon, Peyton & Braswell.

Tax considerations, significant in any real estate transaction, are handled in-house by Redmon, Peyton & Braswell tax attorneys long involved in a myriad of asset transfers.

Redmon, Peyton & Braswell believes that working with the client’s other professional advisors—accountants, real estate brokers, and financial planners, for example—is vital to full realization of a client’s objectives in any transaction.

Redmon, Peyton & Braswell attorneys can assist you and your loved ones in with trusts, estate planning, and probate issues. Whether your objectives involve the education of your grandchildren, assisting a family member in need, or navigating through the court system after a loved one passes on, we can help you. We prepare a whole range of documents from simple wills, complex dynasty trusts, power of attorney and advance medical directives.

Representative Transactions:

  • Creation of a Dynasty Trust to preserve property for multiple generations
  • Creation of Life Insurance Trust to avoid having proceeds incur estate taxes
  • Creation of Educational Trusts by grandparents
  • Litigation over whether a document constituted a valid will
  • Appearances before the Commissioners of Account in multiple Virginia jurisdictions
  • Probate before the Register of Wills in the District of Columbia
  • Probate before the Registers of Wills in multiple Maryland jurisdictions
  • Probate before the Circuit Courts of Florida

We approach these issues with a view toward minimizing expenses while being sensitive to the innumerable personal issues and passions ever present in such matters; however, we are fully prepared to litigate when necessary for the benefit of our clients.

The Firm’s family law practice includes:

  • Prenuptial agreements.
  • Negotiated property settlement agreements.
  • Uncontested and contested divorces.
  • Equitable distribution litigation.
  • Child custody.
  • Support and relocation.
  • Qualified domestic relation pension plan orders including military benefits.
  • Asset preservation in the event of Bankruptcy.
  • Guardianships/conservatorships and less restrictive alternatives.


Redmon, Peyton & Braswell attorneys represent the Firm’s clients in litigation in the federal and state courts of Virginia and the District of Columbia. The firm’s litigation expertise covers these seven areas:

  • Appeals
  • Trials
  • Local Counsel
  • Federal and Virginia Tax Litigation
  • Foreign Judgments
  • Foreign Country Money Judgments
  • eDiscovery and Information Governance

Alexandria is home to the Rocket Docket, the Alexandria Division of U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. We regularly try commercial disputes before juries and in bench trials in the Alexandria federal court and in the Virginia state courts.

We identify our frequent role as Local Counsel in commercial and IP matters before the Alexandria federal court as one of the Firm’s litigation strengths. The Court’s rules and practice impose a broad range of duties on local counsel unlike those in many other judicial districts. Indeed, the Alexandria federal court views local counsel as the primary counsel and expects local counsel to keep the case on the fast-paced trial track.

Redmon, Peyton & Braswell’s trial lawyers have tried federal tax cases in the U.S. Tax Court and in the Court of Federal Claims. We also have challenged the state and local tax authorities in the Virginia courts and in administrative proceedings on issues involving the local business personal property taxes and the BPOL taxes.

We cater to businesses. Whether it’s setting up a new venture, advising a non-profit, or documenting an equity event, we can assist your business from formation to exit. We also work with associations on their unique legal issues.

We have lawyers knowledgeable in the areas of state, local and federal tax to assist you in planning your business transactions in a tax-advantaged way. We know how to work with closely-held family businesses to assist them in their growth and to keep wealth in the family. We have compliance capabilities for preparation of individual, fiduciary and business tax returns and work with bookkeepers and accountants to deal with governmental requirements.

Whether you are leasing, buying, selling, dealing with zoning issues, or attempting to deal with difficult problems involving real property, we can assist. We have capabilities to conduct settlements, work with title companies to secure title insurance, work with local zoning boards and officials, and negotiate difficult real estate sales contracts and leases.

Representative Transactions:

  • Sale of business to foreign firm for $13.5 Million
  • Section 1031 Like Kind Exchange of real property
  • Formation of multiple-entity business
  • Purchase of a home for $1,500,000
  • Sale of a home for $1,800,000
  • Rezoning property located in the City of Alexandria
  • Subdivisions, site plans and lot line adjustments in Fairfax County
  • Sales of property for development, both commercial and residential
  • Commercial leases for both landlords and tenants

Redmon Peyton & Braswell attorneys have over eighty years of collective experience in handling virtually every aspect of a bankruptcy case, from the simple Chapter 7 consumer case to the complex Chapter 11 reorganization or liquidation. Our attorneys have represented consumer and business debtors, creditors, trustees, examiners, and creditors committees in large and small bankruptcy cases commenced in local bankruptcy courts (in the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia and in the District of Columbia) as well as in bankruptcy courts filed in various jurisdictions around the United States. One of our attorneys is a Chapter 7 Trustee regularly assigned to administer cases in our local jurisdiction.

Our debtor clients have included single and married individuals, sole proprietorships, limited liability companies, corporations, and partnerships seeking relief under the liquidation provisions of Chapter 7 or the reorganization or controlled liquidation provisions of Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. Our attorneys have the experience to quickly identify whether a prospective client is eligible to file for relief under a particular Bankruptcy Code Chapter and they are equipped to properly evaluate whether and when it is advisable to do so, with reasonable consideration to all of the legal and practical consequences involved.

Our creditor clients have included individuals, corporations, and partnerships holding secured or unsecured claims in Chapter 7, 11 or 13 consumer or business cases. Our experience is diverse in these cases. We have represented banks seeking relief from the automatic stay to foreclose on consensual and nonconsensual liens securing property ranging from residential and commercial real estate to business collateral, including inventory, accounts receivable, furniture, fixtures and equipment. We have developed thorough familiarity with the rights that our secured creditor clients may have in a Chapter 11 case, including a debtor-in-possession’s use of cash collateral, and we are fully prepared to assist in protecting those rights. We have become intimately knowledgeable regarding the provisions of the Bankruptcy Code that protect the interests of landlords in individual and corporate cases where the debtor is a tenant under a lease of commercial property.

Beyond debtors and creditors, we have also represented individuals, limited liability companies, corporations, and partnerships interested in purchasing assets in a Chapter 7 or 11 consumer or business case. We are also equipped to handle litigation commenced against a prospective client in a case pending in the bankruptcy courts, including preference and fraudulent conveyance litigation initiated by a bankruptcy trustee or debtor-in-possession.

Outside of the restrictions and requirements of a bankruptcy case, our attorneys are equally skilled at negotiating forbearances and workouts on either side of a loan transaction, having represented lenders and borrowers in effectively reaching agreement to defer or resolve an existing loan obligation.

Our attorneys are eager to assist our clients in resolving any issue relating to bankruptcy and creditor rights.

Appellate advocacy is a specialized practice that calls for talents and abilities different from those required of trial lawyers. Effective appellate advocates are skilled at making strategic decisions regarding which issues appellate judges will most likely care about and which arguments are most likely to resonate on appeal. This requires the appellate attorney to have the ability to think like an appellate judge and to assess objectively what transpired at the trial level. Appellate advocates must also integrate voluminous testimony and other evidence into a concise and comprehensible record.

The Redmon, Peyton & Braswell appellate team brings this expertise to many courts, including state appellate courts in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland, in addition to federal courts of appeals around the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Our appellate advocates have handled numerous merits and amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the D.C., Third, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, Eleventh, and Federal Circuits, as well as the Virginia Supreme Court, the D.C. Court of Appeals, and the Maryland Court of Appeals.

The Redmon appellate team appreciates that appeals have far-reaching consequences for future trial court decisions that may affect entire industries, advocacy groups, or legal communities. Our appellate advocates offer the skill and experience necessary to handle every matter professionally and efficiently. We handle appeals in which our trial lawyers were lead counsel, and we also handle appeals for clients that were represented by other firms at the trial level. Because of the specialized nature of this practice, we do not seek to displace the attorneys who have been involved in the matter at the trial level. Recognizing that trial counsel has extensive knowledge about the case and often brings specialized expertise in a particular area of law or industry, our appellate team works closely with trial counsel to ensure clients receive the best representation.

In addition to serving as lead counsel in appeals, our team will also review and revise appellate briefs prepared initially by other counsel and provide skilled advice on Supreme Court or appellate strategy in important cases.