Northern Virginia DUI & Traffic Defense
Getting pulled over is not uncommon. But what starts as a typical traffic stop can easily turn into a life-altering event.
Some drivers, when pulled over have: recently drunk alcohol, have a suspended license, have no license at all, left the scene of an accident, are going over the posted speed limit, or some combination of the above.
If you’ve been pulled over and ticketed, talk to a lawyer.
Each of the above situations has a specific set of consequences, none of which are minor. For example, Virginia has very strict speeding laws. If you are pulled over for going 20 mph over the speed limit, or over 80 mph no matter the speed limit, you could be charged with a criminal misdemeanor instead of an infraction. Be aware that you can be charged with a misdemeanor on a ticket. So don’t assume that just because you weren’t arrested that your charge doesn’t carry significant consequences. Traffic misdemeanors in Virginia can result in a jail sentence, loss of license, and significant fines.
You may be wondering, if I am just charged with something minor, why do I need to talk to a lawyer?
Most people are aware they can lose their license for driving while under the influence of alcohol. However, they are not aware they can lose their license just for getting too many tickets in a short period of time. Virginia DMV calls this “Rapid Point Accumulation.”
You may have found yourself relieved, if caught going 20 mph over the speed limit, that that police officer “cut you a break” by writing you a ticket for speeding instead of a misdemeanor Reckless Driving ticket. What you may not know is that ticket will cost you six points against your license. Points like that can add up quickly. A lack of awareness can lure people into not challenging their ticket and just prepaying it, not realizing they could be placing their ability to drive in jeopardy.
Losing your driver’s license is serious.
Each of the situations listed at the start could lead to a loss of your driver’s license. Similarly, if you forgot to pay a ticket in the past, the Virginia DMV will have suspended your license. You may not even know it is suspended until you hear it from the police officer pulling you over. License suspensions can result in loss of a job, or loss of the ability to go where you need to go when you need to go there. You will need to rely on others for rides, or pay for taxi or Uber rides at great expense. And if you find yourself in a bind one day, and get behind the wheel, even for a really good reason, you face an extended loss of license if you are caught. In short, situations can snowball out of your control, and you may find yourself needing the assistance of an experienced traffic defense attorney to set you on the right path. Why not call Sarah Bruns Law PLLC right away and try to prevent the situation in the first place? Sarah has years of experience analyzing her clients’ situations, and assisting them through their complicated traffic matters. She will listen to your situation, honestly advise you whether you could benefit from having a lawyer or not, and do everything she can to correct your problem.
Sarah has experience defending clients charged with:
- Driving While Intoxicated/Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI/DWI)
- Driving While Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID)
- Refusal to Take a Blood or Breath Alcohol Test
- Hit & Run
- Reckless Driving
- Driving on a Suspended/Revoked License
- Driving Without a License
Do you need help getting your license back after you’ve lost it?
This process is called license reinstatement. Sarah can check your eligibility and help you cut through the red tape and get you (legally) back on the road.