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Pennsylvania woman charged with drunk driving in Virginia

People who are in Virginia and arrested on drunk driving charges should understand how the state handles these acts. This is especially true if it is a person who is not from Virginia. Facing penalties for DWI can be a troublesome time with concerns about the possibility of a license suspension, steep fines, jail time, higher insurance rates and other negatives that will impact a person's life. When the allegations include driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs with children in the vehicle, the case is even more serious making it of greater importance to have legal assistance to defend against the allegations.

In a drunk driving case, can a breath test be questioned?

For Manassas residents and people throughout Virginia who are facing drunk driving charges, these allegations are often based on a breath test that is administered by a law enforcement officer. While this is a known method to determine the blood-alcohol concentration, drivers should be aware that even if it registers that they are under the influence and have violated state law, there are avenues to call the test into question. This can go beyond the results and into whether the person who administered the test had the qualifications to do so. Knowing what credentials are necessary is an important part of using this defense.

Woman faces multiple drunk driving charges with children in car

Drunk driving charges in Virginia can yield significant penalties should there be a conviction. Depending on the circumstances of the arrest, the charges can be far worse with consequences that can impact a person in a personal and professional way. This is especially true if the arrest is made while the driver has children in the vehicle. With a more complicated situation, it becomes even more important to have advice and help from an experienced DUI attorney.

What if I face drunk driving charges a second time in Virginia?

In Virginia, people who are stopped by law enforcement and charged with drunk driving might have a previous conviction for driving under the influence on their record. When this happens, it is important to understand that the penalties for a second offense are harsher than they are for the first. Knowing how state law views those who are charged a second time and what the possible penalties are if there is a conviction can be a foundational part of a defense.

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