Serious Traffic Defense

Facing DUI and DWI Charges

Many times we work with clients who are facing serious traffic charges and have a lot of questions. One common question we field is concerning DUIs and DWIs. Clients want to know if there is a difference between them and if either one carries stiffer penalties. The short answer is although they are similar, they may be treated differently depending on where the charges stem from. In Virginia, both driving under the influence of alcohol…

Beat laser in a Virginia Reckless Driving case — possible?

You can beat laser in a Virginia Reckless case if the charge is by a Metropolitian Airports Authority police officer.  (“Laser” is a speed detective device more accurately called “LIDAR”). I have recently represented numerous people charged with Reckless Driving by Speed on the Dulles Toll Road.  To win, one must beat laser.  The Dulles Toll Road is owned and operated by a the Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority (“MWAA”).  Pursuant to a compact (an agreement…

Supreme Court of Virginia Oral Argument

The highlight of many Viginia lawyer’s careers is an argument before the Supreme Court of Virginia.  Many ask me, what is it like?  Here is the basic procedure for writ panels, which is usually the first step in an appeal to the high court. After a Notice of Appeal and Petition for Appeal have been filed and briefed, the Court assigns a court date without consultation with the attorneys — it presumes that a lawyer…

DUI Sobriety Checkpoint in Arlington

The Arlington County Police have announced a sobriety checkpoint in Arlington on March 4, 2016.  Also, called a DUI roadblock, this is a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s national crackdown on drunk driving. The way a checkpoint works is that the police set up an area with cones, signs, and lighting to funnel cars through.  They stop all vehicles and ask for licenses.  During this time, they can…

Fairfax DUI Procedure

What is Fairfax DUI procedure?  This week, we appeared in court to defend a client charged with DUI in the Fairfax General District Court.  Fairfax is an unusual court in Virginia, due to the size of the county, and its procedures are unique. In Fairfax, DUI cases involve two court appearances — the first is to obtain “discovery” — the police report and, usually, video of the arrest.  If the case can be resolved on…

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