Are Penalties Different if a DUI Results in an Accident?
Virginia law takes driving under the influence (DUI) seriously, significantly increasing the penalties based on blood alcohol content (BAC) and repeat offenses. In fact, in addition to stiff fines and license revocation, third-time offenders can face prosecution for a Class 6 felony, with a jail term ranging from 90 days to six months, based on the amount of time after the last DUI conviction. In addition, sole vehicle owners can expect to forfeit their vehicles permanently in these cases.
Any DUI can result in a felony conviction when it results in an accident that injures or kills another party. Chesapeake DUI law firm Shannon & Bedois, P.C. provides vital legal support for anyone charged with DUI throughout southeastern Virginia.
How DUI defense lawyers help
As a former prosecutor, Kristen M. Shannon is an attorney and Counselor-at-Law who knows how the state builds its case against you. Even if this is your first DUI charge, you can face felony charges if a serious accident is involved. Experienced Chesapeake DUI defense attorneys must have a solid foundation in criminal defense to develop an effective strategy for your case. Shannon & Bedois, P.C. provides a full range of support for her clients in the following ways:
- Protecting your rights. As of the moment of arrest, you have the rights to remain silent and to an attorney. Shannon & Bedois, P.C. remains at your side throughout all questioning to help protect you against self-incrimination
- Guiding you through the legal process. Criminal charges are confusing and frightening. We make sure you understand every step of the legal process and how to conduct yourself, to help ensure the best possible outcome for your case
- Refuting the evidence. With the results of a BAC test already in evidence, you may believe the cards are stacked against you from the outset. We have experience refuting this and other evidence to help ensure you receive justice
Contact Chesapeake area DUI defense law firm of Shannon & Bedois, P.C.
There are many DUI defense attorneys to choose from, but the one you choose to represent you plays a vital role in the outcome of your case. Shannon & Bedois, P.C. strives to provide all clients with the level of representation she would expect if she faced similar charges.
Contact Chesapeake DUI defense law firm of Shannon & Bedois, P.C. for the knowledgeable and compassionate support you need. Her experience as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney helps ensure the best possible results for your case. Visit us for a free initial consultation regarding your DUI or criminal defense case.