DUI Lawyers Serving Hampton, VA | Newport News, VA | Williamsburg, VA
Jim Gochenour has substantial experience both prosecuting and defending persons accused of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. DUI cases can be complicated and the defenses to the charges not always obvious. The consequences of a DUI conviction can be severe.
Driving under influence is when a driver drives while in an intoxicated or inebriated state. Even a small amount of alcohol can affect a driver’s judgment and coordination. The amount of alcohol in blood is measured in “blood alcohol concentration” (BAC), and a BAC of 0.08% or more is considered to be intoxicated. This is also called driving while intoxicated (DWI).
Virginia DUI | DWI drunk driving and Virginia Reckless Driving are Virginia Criminal Class 1 Misdemeanor Criminal charges carrying the possibility of up to one year imprisonment, fines up to $2500 and/or license suspensions. Some Virginia DUI | DWI cases require mandatory jail time upon conviction — these cases are termed “Virginia DUI/DWI Enhanced Punishment” cases — those in which the BAC is above 0.15.
If you’ve been charged with a DUI in Hampton, Newport News or the Williamsburg area, don’t hesitate to call us for a free consultation.