Roanoke, Virginia DUI Lawyer
People make mistakes. These mistakes sometimes involve getting behind the wheel of a car after one has drank. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, then it is important to understand that you are facing serious consequences. These consequences can include jail time, a permanent criminal record, the inability to gain certain forms of employment, the loss of driving privileges, and more. Retaining a criminal defense attorney is the first step towards making sure your rights remain protected. Cerid Lugar is a Roanoke, Virginia DUI lawyer assisting those who have been arrested. Cerid prides herself on providing a high level of service and our firm is ready to assist you. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
Virginia lawyer assisting Roanoke and Salem residents charged with driving under the influence
Virginia has strict penalties for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Any individual over the age of twenty-one is considered as driving “over the legal limit” if they have a BAC of over .08. A defendant’s first offense will typically result in misdemeanor charges. Such a charge will result in a fine and a suspension of your driver’s license which can last up to one year, and even jail time if the BAC is elevated certain mandatory minimums are triggered. A second offense can result in a jail sentence of up to one year. A third offense, within a ten year period, can result in class six felony charges and can carry a maximum prison sentence of up to ten years. Additional penalties are imposed if a defendant had a child in the car at the time of their arrest, if property damage occurred as a result of the offense, or if they were driving a commercial vehicle.
DUI cases are typically heard in the General District Court. The defendant enters a “not guilty” plea and a trial date will be set. Many people make the mistake of thinking there is nothing to do to defend against a charge of driving under the influence. There are multiple ways in which a defendant may possibly defend against a DUI arrest. First, if police stopped a person’s vehicle without reasonable suspicion of criminal activity, then they may have committed an unconstitutional search and seizure. Second, if the evidence of one’s blood or breath test was not properly handled, then it may be possible to have the results excluded from all court proceedings. Either of these instances can lead to a potential dismissal of the charges. If a dismissal is not possible, then an attorney can still take steps to try and gain a more favorable resolution. These are just some of the reasons why it is important to retain an experienced attorney.
Cerid Lugar is a Virginia DUI lawyer who has been practicing law since 2008. Cerid will use your initial consultation to hear your side of the story and to help you understand what it is you should expect as your case moves forward. She will immediately obtain all available evidence from the prosecution and determine the possible defenses which may be at your disposal. If she feels your rights were violated, or that evidence was mishandled, then she will file any appropriate Motions with the Court. If a dismissal cannot be obtained, then Cerid will strive to gain you the most favorable outcome. We understand the impact that this situation can have on your future and we are here to help. Contact us today.
We also serve the southwest Virginia cities of Cave Spring, Salem, the Botetourt County city of Hollins, the Bedford County cities of Bedford and Forest, the Franklin County city of Rocky Mount, and the Montgomery County cities of Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Radford.
Roanoke DUI lawyer staying in regular contact with her clients
Cerid understands that most people have never had prior dealings with the criminal justice system. This is why being charged with a DUI can be terrifying. It is important that your attorney be in regular contact with you throughout the process. This is why Cerid makes lawyer-client communication a priority. She quickly responds to messages and makes herself available to answer your questions. We are honored to serve those in Roanoke and throughout southwest Virginia and we take this responsibility seriously.
If you are eligible to do so, then we will also assist you with sealing your criminal record after a drunk driving arrest.