Virginia Felony or Misdemeanor DUI Defense Lawyer
The Commonwealth of Virginia takes a tough stance against driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Interchangeably known as DUI or DWI, this offense is most often charged a misdemeanor offense carrying a potential jail sentence and loss of license. DUI convictions, however, build upon each other. If you are convicted of three or more DUIs within a ten-year period, you will be charged with a Class 6 felony. These felonies are punishable by up to five years in prison and possibly thousands of dollars in fines, depending on the unique circumstances of the case. If convictions for multiple offenses occurred within a five-year period, the consequences are even more severe. There are also minimum mandatory periods of incarceration for these certain DUI or DWI offenses depending on the blood alcohol level and prior DUI convictions as well as lengthy periods of the loss of one’s privilege to operate a motor vehicle.
If you are facing a felony DUI charge for your third offense (or more) or a misdemeanor DUI, you need to mount an aggressive defense. A DUI conviction, whether a misdemeanor or a felony conviction, will cause you to lose your commercial driver’s license, and can cause people to lose their jobs in many circumstances. It can cause them to be required to enter into and successfully complete drug and alcohol programs. One may also have a restricted operator’s license with strict conditions placed on it but not in all cases. In some instances, there can also be a substantial waiting period to be eligible to obtain a restricted license. The first step in defending yourself is consulting an experienced and zealous criminal defense attorney like Charles C. Cosby, Jr.; Mr. Cosby has over 30 years of criminal law experience, including four years as a prosecutor. When he first started as a prosecutor in 1978, he spent his first six months assigned exclusively to a traffic court. Here, he first encountered DUI cases as a prosecutor. His unique experience having both prosecuted and defended countless criminal cases allows him to anticipate prosecution tactics and plan his defense accordingly. One should keep in mind that a DUI is not just a traffic case but a criminal case as well.
What Are the Penalties for DUI?
Depending on your type of DUI case, the penalties may include:
- Mandatory jail sentences
- Indefinite driver’s license revocation
- Forfeiture of your vehicle
- Prosecution as a Class 6 felony-carrying a potential for imprisonment
- Ignition interlock
- Mandatory minimum jail sentences
Felony and misdemeanor DUI charges are hard to defend; there is the potential for the assumption to be made that because you have previous convictions, you must be guilty. It takes a skilled and dedicated advocate like Charles C. Cosby, Jr. to overcome this stereotype. Mr. Cosby’s thorough preparation and passionate arguments can possibly prevent consequences that could affect you for years to come.
Contact the Law Office of Charles C. Cosby, Jr. Today
Call my Richmond law firm at 804-780-0311 or send an e-mail to schedule a consultation to discuss your case. I proudly serve clients throughout Richmond, Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania and in more than 60 jurisdictions of Virginia.