DUI Defense Lawyer Helping Individuals Arrested in Norfolk and Throughout Southeastern Virginia
Understanding your rights if arrested for driving under the influence
Effectively dealing with driving under the influence (DUI) charges in Norfolk actually begins during the traffic stop—before DUI defense lawyers are there to represent you. Even at this point, you can take certain actions to help your legal case, including the following:
- While you are required to provide license and registration to police, avoid answering any questions that might increase their suspicions, such as saying you just came from a local tavern
- You can refuse to take a field sobriety test, which typically tests your balance as you walk a straight line, stand on one foot, or touch your nose. These tests are generally known to be inaccurate, and the law does not require you to agree to take them
- Refusal to take a blood alcohol test, such as a breathalyzer or other chemical test is a different story. Virginia operates under implied consent laws that assume you have given permission for testing by virtue of driving on Virginia roads. Refusal of this type of testing causes you to face immediate license suspension, even if the test would have cleared you of DUI charges
Even during a traffic stop in Norfolk, you can ask to obtain legal assistance. DUI defense attorneys Kristen M. Shannon and Erin Bedois have the skills and experience to help before and after arrest.
How individuals benefit from an experienced DUI defense attorney
If police place you under arrest after a DUI stop, you need to be very clear that this is not just a traffic ticket—it is a criminal arrest with potentially severe consequences if you are convicted. As of the moment of arrest, you have full Miranda rights, which include the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. Your job is to explicitly state that you want all questioning to stop and you want to call an attorney. Then say nothing further until your attorney is there to protect your rights.
DUI defense attorneys remain at your side throughout the legal process, including advising you during questioning and representing you during all court dates. DUI defense lawyers also have specialized experience refuting evidence, even blood alcohol testing results, and they can sometimes have evidence removed before prosecutors use it against you in court.
When facing DUI charges in Southeastern Virginia, contact the law firm of Shannon & Bedois, P.C.
The attorney you choose to represent you plays a vital role in the outcome of your case. Shannon & Bedois, P.C. strives to provide all clients in Norfolk and throughout southern Virginia with the level of representation she would expect if she faced similar charges.
Contact DUI lawyers at Shannon & Bedois, P.C. for the knowledgeable 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.