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The DUI/DWI Defense You Deserve

DUIs are one of the most common criminal charges in Charlottesville. Many people – including those with no criminal history – find themselves on the wrong side of the law after a traffic stop. In these moments, it’s easy to get caught in a downward spiral of fear and self-judgment. You can take power in this seemingly powerless situation by enlisting a steadfast legal ally.

With over a decade of experience representing thousands of clients, Michael La Fratta stands out as a proactive and highly experienced DUI defense lawyer. He’s known not only for tackling tough cases at trial but also for his impressive record of accolades, including recognition as a top attorney under 40 and for client satisfaction. When you work with Michael La Fratta, you gain immediate, direct access to a partner who is committed to fighting for you every step of the way.

Understanding DUI Charges And Penalties In Virginia

In Virginia, the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08%. However, you can face criminal charges even with lower levels if your ability to drive is impaired. You can also face charges for driving under the influence of drugs.

The penalties for DUI convictions vary, with increased severity for repeat offenses. A first offense could lead to fines, license suspension and possibly jail time, while subsequent offenses carry mandatory jail sentences and higher fines.

The Aftermath Of A DUI Arrest

The consequences of a DUI conviction extend beyond legal penalties. An arrest will trigger the automatic suspension of your driver’s license. You must take swift action to challenge that suspension through an administrative procedure, and Michael La Fratta can help.

In Virginia, a DUI stays on your driving record for 11 years. If you get charged with a subsequent offense, any DUI offenses within the last 10 years will result in harsher consequences.

In the long term, a conviction can impact your employment opportunities, insurance rates and personal relationships. That’s why a DWI defense lawyer, Michael La Fratta, is well worth the investment to protect your future.

What To Know About Breath Test Refusal

You have the right to refuse field sobriety tests and preliminary (roadside) breath tests in Virginia. The results are generally not admissible in court because they’re not always accurate.

However, if you get arrested and refuse an official blood or breath test, you may face penalties and charges for refusal of a breath test. You will also face automatic suspension of your driver’s license. It’s important to make an informed decision when you’re in this tricky situation.

Make The Right Choice. Choose La Fratta Law.

Everyone makes bad decisions sometimes. After a DUI arrest, make the right decision when it matters most. Contact Michael La Fratta at 804-376-6514 for a free consultation to discuss your drunk driving defense. He has offices in both Charlottesville and Richmond.