The interaction that most people have with the criminal court system is for traffic violations and Driving Under the Influence.
Driving on a Suspended License is a criminal offense which can result in up to a year in jail, $2,500 in fines plus court costs, and further suspension of your license. If you have been convicted previously of Driving on a Suspended License then you may face mandatory jail time. There are very particular requirements the government must meet to convict you of this offense. Often, a review of DMV documents can give an experienced attorney the needed defense to beat your charge. Mr. Pettrey has won countless of these cases throughout Virginia.
Under the Influence
Driving Under the Influence has become one of the most serious charges in Virginia. Mandatory fines, potential serious jail time, ignition interlock requirement, suspension of your license, increased insurance costs, and a social stigma unlike nearly anything else in today's world result from a conviction of DUI.
If you are charged with Driving Under the Influence or Driving While Intoxicated, you face some of the harshest consequences in the criminal justice system for driving offenses
- Did the officer have reasonable articulable suspicion that you were committing a crime when he or she stopped you?
- Did the officer develop either reasonable articulable suspicion or probable cause during his or her interaction with you during the stop that you were under the influence?
- How did you perform on the Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs), such as the one-leg stand, walk and turn, Alphabet, or other tests, and are there alternate explanations for those results?
- Did you take the Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) at the scene of the traffic stop, and if so what was the result?
- Did you make any statements to the officer about consuming alcohol and/or drugs, including marijuana or prescriptions?
- Were you taken to the police station or magistrate's office and required to give another breath or blood sample, if so what was the result?
- Were you charged with refusing to provide a breath or blood sample?
- Have you ever been convicted of a DUI before, if so when?