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DUI Convictions & Ignition Interlock Devices: What You Should Know

Drunk driving is a serious offense, and if you’ve been convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in the state of Virginia, you will be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle. An ignition interlock device is a breathalyzer for your car that you blow into before you turn the key. If your blood alcohol content (BAC) is too high, meaning you’ve been drinking, you will not be able to start your car. The device [...]

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9 Things You Should Know If You’re a Repeat DUI Offender

Virginia classifies DUI offenses as Class 1 Misdemeanor acts punishable by up to 1 year in jail. If you are convicted of a second, third, or subsequent DUI offense in Virginia within 5-10 years, you will face harsh penalties that include mandatory fines, jail time and the loss of your driving privileges. A DUI arrest can be a terrifying experience which worsens if it’s a repeat time. Here are the important things you should know if you're a repeat [...]

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Is a DUI/DWI a Felony or Misdemeanor in Virginia? What Are the Penalties?

Virginia categorizes Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) together, although there are subtle distinctions between the two drunk driving classifications.  DWI determinations are made by taking a blood sample, or a breath sample using a breathalyzer.  A DUI conviction is obtained when there is sufficient evidence that a person has consumed enough alcohol, or other substances, to result in observable impairment of conduct, speech, coordination, or overall appearance. How Are DUIs and DWIs Classified? First offense DUI/DWI convictions are classified [...]

Repeat DUI Offenders

Conviction on a repeat DUI offense carries a high likelihood of jail time, in addition to fines and lengthy suspension of your driver’s license. Swango Law has EXTENSIVE experience with repeat DUI defense...

Challenging the Breathalyzer

Just because you failed the tests does not mean you are automatically guilty of a DUI. It IS possible to successfully challenge a DUI Breathalyzer test or field sobriety test and keep a DUI conviction off your record...

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A skilled attorney may be able to help you reduce the severity of these harsh penalties and in some cases, even get your case dismissed. At Swango Law P.C., we aim to provide men with legal resources that meet them where they’re at...