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An experienced guide is crucial after drunk driving charges

Virginians should know that law enforcement will be out in force during the holiday season looking for drivers who might be operating their vehicles under the influence. While that will inevitably lead to the arrest of people who were driving with a blood-alcohol concentration that is beyond the legal limit, it does not necessarily mean that everyone who is facing charges is guilty. There is always a strategy for a legal defense. Given the penalties that can be assessed for a drunk driving conviction, it is crucial to have legal advice immediately.

It is to be expected that people will be out and about during the holidays and celebrate with friends and family. Provided they do not get behind the wheel while under the influence, there is nothing wrong with that. However, law enforcement seeks to stop drivers who are showing signs of impairment and make an arrest. Those who are arrested could be confronted with a litany of penalties including steep fines, a license suspension and even jail. Unfortunately, it does not end there. Even after the penalties have been assessed, there could be problems.

A DUI arrest could prevent a person from getting certain jobs, impact their ability to be admitted to schools and hinder them in a multitude of ways. After a stop, it is wise for the driver to understand his or her rights and how to lodge a defense against the charges. The breath test could have been given in a way that violated police protocol. The machine itself might have been faulty. Or the traffic stop could have been made without justification. The driver might possibly have a viable explanation for appearing to be under the influence when that was not the case. An experienced attorney can formulate the right strategy for every situation.

Before simply accepting the arrest and living with the consequences, it is imperative to have legal assistance from an attorney experienced in helping people arrested on drunk driving charges. As soon as the arrest is made, calling an attorney who handles drunk driving cases is a critical step that should not be ignored.

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