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What Percentage of DUI Cases Get Reduced in Virginia?

People make bad decisions, but that does not mean their lives should be ruined. If you have gotten behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs, you could potentially get a plea bargain that involves a reckless driving charge rather than the penalties of a DWI conviction. This helps you avoid the repercussions of a DWI conviction and instead...

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How Long Does Your License Get Suspended for DUI in Virginia?

The fear of license suspension looms large for individuals facing DUI charges. The curiosity of when they will regain their right to drive is but one in a long list of DUI-related issues. The impact of losing such mobility is a great one, one that no one wants to experience.  To learn more about the length of a suspended...

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How Do Insurance Companies Find Out About DUI?

Insurance companies are some of the most well-resourced business entities operating in the United States today. When someone’s activities come under investigation by an insurance company, they usually launch formulaic and efficient discovery campaigns. How do they operate when it’s a DUI they want to find out about? DUI attorneys like Michael A. Pignone know the answer to this...

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What Is Felony DUI in Virginia?

To put it plainly, a felony DUI in Virginia is a serious legal charge, and something you want to avoid at all costs. For good reasons, the daunting prospect of felony charges often leaves people feeling uncertain about the future. Charges of this nature aren’t to be trifled with, as a conviction could drastically alter the course of a...

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What is the Difference Between DUI and DWI in Virginia?

Driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) are serious criminal offenses in Virginia, each with distinct legal implications. While these terms are often used interchangeably, they represent separate charges, each with specific criteria and consequences. DUI vs. DWI: Defining the Terms In Virginia, DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence, while DWI stands for Driving While...

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How Long Do You Have to Wait to Get a CDL After a DUI in Virginia?

The road to recovery after a DUI as a commercial driver can be daunting, especially with the stakes of your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) on the line. For commercial drivers in Virginia, a DUI is not just a traffic offense; it poses a significant threat to the livelihoods of CDL holders. The implications extend beyond fines and license suspensions,...

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How Many Points is a DUI in Virginia?

Picture this: you find yourself facing DUI charges in Virginia, and questions about the associated points system start swirling in your mind. What impact will these points have on your driving record? How long will they linger? Let us address these key issues related to DUI points in Virginia with guidance from the experienced DUI defense attorney Michael Pignone....

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What Happens When You Get Your First DUI In Virginia?

If police arrested you for your first DUI in Virginia, you are probably worried about what could happen to you and what you should do next. Facing a DUI charge can be a harrowing and stressful experience. However, having the right lawyer for your case can make a tremendous difference for you and your family.  Working with a skilled,...

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How Likely Is Jail Time for a First DUI?

A driving under the influence (DUI) charge is always serious, whether it is your first DUI or a subsequent one. In Virginia, the state imposes mandatory minimum jail sentences if you receive multiple DUI convictions within ten years. Still, even your first DUI can result in severe consequences like increased insurance premiums or losing your driver’s license. In certain...

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Can You Be Charged with a DUI If Not Driving?

The acronym DUI stands for driving under the influence. Most people know that and do not need an explanation. However, many do not know that you can get a DUI while not driving under Virginia law.  In Northern Virginia, DUI defense attorney Michael A. Pignone has the experience you can count on. Since 1995, Attorney Pignone and his team...

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