Virginia DWI Defense Firm
Proven Defense Against DWI Charges in Northern Virginia
The Law Office of Faraji A. Rosenthall offers aggressive defense representation to clients facing Driving While Intoxicated charges in the Northern Virginia area. Our extensive knowledge of Virginia DWI laws and proceedings combined with our experience at trial and in plea negotiations allows us to provide the guidance you need to mount the most aggressive DWI defense possible.
DWI in Virginia – You Have Options for Mounting a Defense
Virginia takes a severe stance against DWI cases, imposing strict penalties on individuals convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Depending on the nature of the offense, a DWI conviction may result in a wide range of penalties, including hefty fines, jail time, license suspension and more.
While these penalties are certainly frightening, it is important not to panic. You have options for limiting or avoiding the impact of a DWI conviction, including:
Negotiating a plea
Depending on the specific charges you face, your criminal history and the prosecution’s willingness to negotiate, a plea bargain may be an effective way to resolve your DUI case. Leveraging extensive negotiation skills, our attorneys work with the prosecution towards a plea agreement that limits the penalties you face. It may be possible to negotiate a dismissal of any additional charges, such as reckless driving or possession of marijuana, as part of the plea agreement.
Taking your case to trial
If favorable terms cannot be reached, or a plea deal isn’t in your best interests, we will take your case to trial. Before a judge or jury, we present the evidence supporting your innocence or demonstrating improper actions by law enforcement officers. Our knowledge of area courtrooms, prosecutors and judges, combined with our extensive trial experience, positions us to provide the assertive representation needed to pursue a favorable judgment.
Whether you’ve been arrested for first offense DWI or a repeat offense charge, we explore every available legal strategy in an effort to help you pursue the most favorable resolutions possible.
We Review Each Aspect of Your Case to Build Your Defense
A successful plea negotiation or courtroom defense can be built on a single piece of information. To help you mount an effective defense against DWI charges, we investigate each detail of your case, including:
The reason for the stop
Police officers must have reasonable suspicion to perform a traffic stop. The reasoning behind the stop must meet set legal standards and must be testified to by the officer in court. If reasoning for the stop fails to meet reasonable suspicion standards, the ensuing arrest may be illegal.
Field sobriety testing
Law enforcement officers use a standard set of field sobriety tests as a determining factor in DWI arrests. Field sobriety tests must be administered in accordance with standards set forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). If an officer fails to properly administer the tests, their reasoning for making an arrest may be invalid, and the strength of the case against you may be in doubt.
Breath or Blood testing procedures
Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is one of the most important pieces of information in DWI cases. If blood or breath tests are conducted improperly, or if the machines used to conduct the tests malfunction, the results of the tests may be in question. Without these results, the case against you is significantly weakened.
While making a traffic stop and an arrest, police officers must adhere to set procedures and standards. If the arresting officer fails to follow the proper procedure, the charges against you may be illegal or invalid. Failure to properly administer field sobriety tests, read you your Miranda rights or conduct breath or blood tests may be cause for dismissal of the charges.
Any information gained during our investigation will be used to build your defense and apply pressure on the prosecution to drop or reduce the charges against you.
Schedule a Consultation with our DWI Defense Attorneys
The Law Office of Faraji A. Rosenthall is committed to helping Northern Virginia residents mount the most effective defense against DWI charges possible. During your initial consultation, you’ll meet with an attorney to review your case and goals, and have the chance to learn more about your defense options, how the process works and how we can help.