DUI vs. DWI? Is there a difference?

Chris Voltin Criminal Law, Traffic Law

What is the difference between DUI and DWI in Virginia? DUI vs. DWI? As DUI Attorneys in Hampton Roads, we are often asked this question, but the answer is simple: there is no difference between a charge of DUI or DWI in Virginia.  The two mnemonics are synonyms and reference the exact same behavior prohibited under Virginia Code Section 18.2-266.  Under …

DUI or DWI Field Sobriety Tests Broken Down

Chris Voltin Criminal Law, Traffic Law

DUI or DWI Standardized Field Sobriety Test: What is it? Anyone who has had the unfortunate experience of being suspected of DUI or DWI has likely been asked to perform a number of field sobriety tests by the police.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has created the Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) Battery to assist officers in determining …

Facing a 3rd DUI Conviction: WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW?

Chris Voltin Criminal Law, Traffic Law

A 3rd DUI conviction has a number of serious consequences. A 3rd DUI conviction within ten years results in a mandatory ninety days of incarceration, plus a $1,000 fine and an indefinite suspension of your driver’s license. A 3rd offense within five years has an even stiffer penalty: a mandatory six months in jail. Unlike first or second offense DUI, a …

College Students and Alcohol-Related Crimes

Chris Voltin Criminal Law, Traffic Law

Let’s face it, alcohol is an ever-present factor for many young adults on college campuses.  College students often attend tailgates, parties, bars, and many other social functions where there is almost always a presence of alcohol.  So what happens when the night takes an unfortunate turn and your son, daughter, or other loved one ends up facing an alcohol-related criminal …

Charged with DUI 2nd Offense? WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!

Chris Voltin Criminal Law, Traffic Law

Anyone who has been charged with DUI knows the serious consequences that result. However, if you are charged with a DUI 2nd offense, the stakes are even higher. I’ve been charged with DUI 2nd…now what? As anyone who has been convicted of a first offense DUI knows, your license can be automatically suspended under Virginia law before you are even convicted.  There …

Reckless Driving Attorneys for Hampton, Newport News, York County, and Williamsburg

Chris Voltin Criminal Law, Traffic Law

Interstate 64 (I-64) from Hampton and Newport News to Yorktown and up through Williamsburg and James City County is a hot bed for Reckless Driving and Speeding tickets.  The Virginia State Police, Hampton Police, Newport News Police, York County Sheriff’s Department, and Williamsburg and James City County Police patrol I-64 and its feeder highways (ex: 199 in Williamsburg) looking for …

What to do if suspected of DUI in Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, or York County?

Chris Voltin Criminal Law, Traffic Law

Charged with a DUI? Obviously, the best way to avoid the possibility of getting a DUI is to not drink and drive. However, drinking and driving alone is not illegal. It is the operation of a motor vehicle “while under the influence of alcohol” that is unlawful. https://vacode.org/18.2-266/. In Virginia, as in every other state, a blood alcohol concentration of …

3 Myths About Hiring an Attorney in a Traffic Matter

Chris Voltin Traffic Law

Traffic offenses are by far the most frequent reason that people find themselves embroiled in the criminal justice system. According to insurer Esurance.com, Virginia ranks 7th in the number of traffic citations issued each year:  http://blog.esurance.com/speeding-tickets-where-does-your-state-rank/#.Vku70-KIOpo. Even a simple traffic offense such as speeding or failing to stop at a stop sign can lead to an increase in your car …