NORTHERN VIRGINIA: Client was charged with a serious Drunk Driving violation (VA Code 18.2-266 – a class 1 misdemeanor offense) with a BAC (blood alcohol content) of .18. Under VA law, he was facing a mandatory minimum of 5 days in jail for having a BAC above .15. He was also charged with Reckless Driving (VA Code 46.2-852 – also a class 1 misdemeanor offense) for speeding 30 miles over the speed limit. The evidence in this case overwhelmingly favored the government.
Client was facing up to 2 years in jail with a maximum fine of $5,000.
RESULT: Reckless Driving charge DISMISSED. DUI with a .18 charge REDUCED to a DUI with a lower BAC level of .14. Client received a penalty of a $300 fine and only two and a half days to serve in jail, with the standard license suspension for DUI offenses.