Leesburg VA DUI/DWI Lawyer Serving Loudoun County
Leesburg DWI and DUI arrests
If you are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI), your driving privileges, insurance rates, ability to earn a living and freedom are all at risk. In Virginia, a DUI arrest is the beginning of a criminal prosecution. This means that the person under arrest has certain statutory and constitutional rights, including the right to counsel and the right to remain silent.
Read more about DUI laws in Virginia.
In order to successfully prosecute a DWI or DUI arrest in Virginia, the police must follow very specific procedures spelled out in the Virginia state statutes. These procedures may involve:
- Performing roadside sobriety tests
- Obtaining preliminary breath tests
- Collecting breath and blood samples
- Advising the suspect of statutory and constitutional rights
- Using state-specified forms
- Maintaining and operating complicated breath and blood testing equipment
- Conducting chemical tests within specified time periods
- Preserving and retaining test samples and results
Police do not always properly follow the statutorily prescribed procedures. If law enforcement officers have not correctly followed the law, the case might have to be dismissed before trial or the prosecution could lose at trial. It takes an experienced DUI attorney to obtain the records and determine whether the prosecution has followed the required procedures.
As in any other criminal law case, it is extremely important that the person under arrest should identify himself when asked by a police officer, but he or she should not answer any other questions before speaking with a Leesburg DUI defense lawyer.
Read frequently asked questions on drunk driving statistics in Virginia and DUI law.
Read more about what to do if stopped for drunk driving in Leesburg.
Contact a capable Leesburg DWI lawyer
With experience in both prosecuting and defending DUI cases from DUI first offense and on, attorneys at Simms Showers are highly respected in Leesburg and throughout Northern Virginia as DUI lawyers. For help, contact us as soon as possible after a DUI arrest.
Simms Showers LLP represents clients throughout Northern Virginia, including Leesburg, Sterling and the surrounding areas of Loudoun County as well as Arlington County, Clarke County, Frederick County, Fairfax County and Prince William County.