DUI & DWI Charges in Virginia: Everything You Need to Know

Posted on November 27th, 2013, by Benjamin Griffitts in Criminal Defense. Comments Off on DUI & DWI Charges in Virginia: Everything You Need to Know

The DUI lawyers at Livesay & Myers have years of experience in aggressively defending clients against DUI and DWI drunk driving charges in Northern Virginia. Our DUI attorneys in Fairfax, Fredericksburg and Manassas can help you fight the charges against you, in order to win an acquittal or at least minimize the potential damage to your liberty and livelihood. In addition to potential jail time and court fines, conviction on DUI or DWI charges could impact your career, security clearance and insurance costs. The stakes are too high in these cases for you to go it alone—you need representation by experienced DUI attorneys.

What Constitutes DUI or DWI Drunk Driving in Virginia?

For Virginia residents, or anyone driving in Virginia, what exactly constitutes drinking and driving as a criminal offense?

First things first: if you have consumed any alcohol and need to get to another location, … Read More »

New Virginia Laws Go Into Effect July 1, 2013

Posted on June 4th, 2013, by Benjamin Griffitts in Criminal Defense. 3 comments

In its latest session, the Virginia General Assembly passed many new laws that will affect Virginia residents– most of which go into effect on July 1, 2013. Here are brief summaries of five that might interest or impact you the most:

Texting While Driving. As of July 1st, Virginia Code Section 46.2-1078.1 will make it a traffic infraction punishable by a $125 fine to “[m]anually enter multiple letters or text in the device as a means of communicating with another person” or “[r]ead any email or text message transmitted to the device or stored within the device, provided that this prohibition shall not apply to any name or number stored within the device nor to any caller identification information.” Exceptions are carved out for texting while lawfully parked or stopped, or using a GPS. Prior to this new law going into effect, … Read More »

Changes To Ignition Interlock Device Law In Virginia – July 2012

Posted on May 1st, 2012, by Benjamin Griffitts in Criminal Defense. Comments Off on Changes To Ignition Interlock Device Law In Virginia – July 2012

Virginia has a reputation for strict penalties following DUI or DWI convictions. Mandatory minimum jail sentences, mandatory minimum fine amounts, mandatory driver’s license suspension (or privilege to drive in Virginia if you don’t have a Virginia license), completion of the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program, are all written into Virginia law by the General Assembly. One of the required penalties, the installation of the ignition interlock device, will undergo a dramatic change come July 1st.

Earlier this year, the General Assembly passed HB 279 which was signed into law on March 7, 2012 by Governor McDonnell. Virginia Code Sections 18.270.1 and 18.2-271.1 were amended dealing with the circumstances under which an interlock device is required to be installed once a restricted license is granted by a court following a DUI or DWI conviction. Following are the significant changes made to the interlock requirement:

Current … Read More »

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