Fairfax Second Offense DUI Defense Lawyers
Defending against a drunk driving charge when there has been a prior conviction presents special challenges that the Fairfax second offense DUI defense attorneys at MacDowell & Associates are prepared to face. Not only will we address your alleged intoxication, we may also be able to prevent the Commonwealth of Virginia from using your prior conviction in its prosecution. Even if you think that the prosecutor can show you were intoxicated in the current case, our ability to potentially exclude a prior conviction at trial can save you years of jail time and prevent a driver's license suspension.
A second DUI offense or a felony DUI arrest can put your future and your freedom at stake. We are prepared to provide you with a vigorous defense. Contact us online or call 703-591-1336 to schedule a meeting to discuss your situation.
Excluding Prior DUI/DWI Convictions
The legal team at MacDowell & Associates will make the prosecution prove that you already have one or more drunk driving convictions on your record. Then we will question whether the prior DUI/DWI convictions are admissible in court. Whether a conviction is admitted or not can mean the difference between a misdemeanor and a much more serious felony charge.
The prosecution may not be able to use your prior conviction if you did not have legal counsel at the time of the conviction, or if you were not charged under the same or similar law as the current charges you are facing.
A Former Prosecutor Who Knows How to Build a Strong Defense
Founding attorney Richard MacDowell is a former prosecutor and trial lawyer with more than 30 years of legal experience. He and the rest of our Herndon criminal law attorneys understand how the prosecution treats these cases, and we know how build a strong, effective defense.
We will investigate whether the Breathalyzer machine was working and whether proper procedures were followed. We will obtain breath logs and operator certification records to help make our claim. We will also insist that the government produce witnesses to support the results of the blood or breath test, and we will continually attack the reliability of the government's evidence. A repeat drunk driving charge is a serious offense. We will take them head-on with an equally serious defense.
Contact Our Herndon Felony DUI/DWI Defense Attorneys
If you are facing felony DWI charges, it is important to seek qualified legal help immediately. Contact us online or call 703-591-1336 to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.