Frequently Asked Questions about DUI
When can an officer stop a person for suspected DUI?
Officers can make DUI stops anytime they have strong reasons to believe that people are driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Before making a DWI stop, officers will look to see if people are driving erratically or engaging in reckless driving behaviors. If people are weaving between lanes, making random stops, speeding or ignoring traffic signs, police may stop them for suspected DUI.
Why do police perform breath tests?
Police perform breath tests so they can get an instant measure of how intoxicated people are. If people fail their breath tests, officers will place them under arrest for DUI.
What is Virginia’s breath alcohol limit?
In the state of Virginia, the breath alcohol limit is 0.08%. If anyone drives with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, they can be arrested for DUI and later charged.
What if I failed the field sobriety tests?
If officers told you that you failed the field sobriety tests (FSTs), know that you are not alone. Also, know that many people who are not intoxicated or under the influence fail field sobriety tests each and every year. Weather conditions, inappropriate instructions from officers and shoes can all attribute to a person failing the FSTs. Instead of panicking, have your case reviewed by skilled Virginia DUI defense lawyer, Scott C. Nolan.
What are the consequences if I am convicted for DUI or DWI?
The consequences for a DUI or DWI conviction will vary person-to-person and will depend upon numerous factors. Generally speaking, if people are convicted for DUI, they may have to spend time in jail, pay fines, perform community service, attend DUI School and/or have their driver’s licenses suspended.
Will I lose my driver’s license?
Again, the answer to this question will vary person-to-person. Some people will be able to contest the suspension of their driver’s licenses and others will not be as successful. In order to ensure you obtain the best results possible, you should work with the Law Offices of Scott C. Nolan.
If you have further questions about DUI charges in Virginia, contact a Fairfax DUI attorney from the firm for a free consultation.