DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
Many lawyers advertise themselves as a DUI or DWI defense lawyer, and that simply is all they are…an advertisement. In many cases, an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer can make the difference between having your case dismissed and a conviction.
YOUR LAWYER should possess the background and experience to help you through the complexities of a proper DUI/DWI defense. MARK A. ANDREWS has the background and over 12 years of experience to help you ensure the best outcome possible for your case. Mr. Andrews understands that any conviction could have a devastating effect on your quality of life, financial security, insurance rates, career/job (military and civilian), security clearance, etc.
Mark A. Andrews is a former Prosecutor and has been recognized as one of the “10 Best” in Virginia, for the past 3 years (2014 -2016 See About Page), for his defense of Driving Under the Influence or Driving While Intoxicated offenses (commonly referred to as Drunk Driving, DUI or DWI). Further, Mr. Andrews was recently recognized as one of “The National Trial Lawyers: TOP 100 Trial Lawyers in Virginia“, one of the “The Top 100 DUI Attorneys in Virginia” by The National Advocacy for DUI Defense, & one of the “Top Lawyers for Coastal Virginia” by Coastal Virginia, Magazine.
In Virginia, a first or second offense of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is a Misdemeanor offense. Possible punishment may include or require the following:
- up to a year in jail
- a fine up to $2,500
- successful completion of an alcohol education class – “Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program”(commonly referred to as VASAP or ASAP)
- $50.00 payment to the Trauma Center Fund
- refrain from drinking alcohol
- loss of your privilege to drive and/or a restricted license to drive
- installation of an Ignition Interlock device (on all vehicles you own and/or your primary vehicle for at least 6 months)
- payment for costs of any emergency vehicles
- payment of court costs
A third or subsequent offense, within a 10 year period, of DUI or DWI is a FELONY offense. In addition, your vehicle may be subject to seizure and forfeiture.
Allowing your lawyer adequate time to prepare is vital for a proper DUI/DWI defense! Mr. Andrews’ background, experience, and professionalism help him to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients.
If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI or DWI, then MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION! Give Mark Andrews an opportunity to help you ensure the best outcome possible for your case.
Please contact Mark A. Andrews TODAY to schedule a FREE initial consultation and evaluation of your case at (757) 410-8044 or Mandrews@markandrewslaw.com