What Is A DUI/DWI?
Partying or going out at night to down some beer or wine during happy hour is a pastime many people get to enjoy. The problem with drinking a few too many arises when you are too drunk but feel confident about your driving abilities. You promise your also-drunk friends that you can get home safely as you stumble to find your car keys.
Then The Flashing Red Lights Appear
You try to keep your composure as you make your way home, but in the middle of your ride back home, you see red and blue flashing in your rear-view mirror and know you are busted; the classic scenario of DUI or DWI, or driving under the influence. Drunk driving is something the law doesn’t take lightly because of the number of fatal drunk-driving accidents that occur every year.
The laws are especially severe in Virginia where first-time offenses can result in a year of license suspension, a fine of $2500 and up to a year of jail time. Our attorneys at Boone Beale PLLC can help you if you have been stopped and charged with a DUI/DWI
What The Police Are Looking For
Some tell-tale signs that can lead to an officer stopping you for DUI/DWI are the following:
- Not properly staying in lane
- Swerving and uncontrolled driving
- Not obeying traffic signs and standard traffic etiquette
- Slow driving
Field Sobriety Tests And The Breathalyzer
When an officer is suspicious and stops you, he/she will administer tests to determine if you were driving under the influences with the following tests:
- The preliminary breath test; also known as the breathalyzer test. The officer will use a PBT device to determine your blood alcohol content during the stop, and if it exceeds 0.8, then legal action will be taken.
- Field sobriety tests. Field sobriety tests test the physical capabilities of the stopped person to see if they are impaired visually and physically by any narcotics or alcohol. Tests include reciting the alphabet without stuttering, standing on one leg for a period, walking in a straight line and then turning, and touching your nose.
DUI/DWI charges in Virginia are not taken lightly, as the first offense can have severe maximum punishments. Call our Woodbridge office at 703-690-1222, our Richmond office at 804-780-1111 or use our online form to schedule an appointment with one of our lawyers.