Frequently Asked Questions about Fairfax Criminal Cases, Traffic & DUI Offenses, and Appeals
At the Law Offices of Mark J. Yeager, P.C. in Fairfax, we have the knowledge and the focus to effectively fight criminal and other charges so you receive optimal results. Whether you are facing trial or simply have questions about these issues, please see below for more information.
What counts as a DUI in Virginia?
What counts as drunk driving will depend on your blood alcohol concentration (BAC), your age, and whether you have been caught driving drunk before. If you are caught driving in Virginia with a BAC of 0.08 percent or more, you can be arrested for drunk driving.
However, Virginia is very tough on underage (under 21) drivers who are caught drinking. A driver who is under the legal drinking age can be arrested for drunk driving if his or her BAC is just 0.02 percent or greater.
What’s the difference between a traffic infraction and a traffic offense?
A traffic infraction is a minor violation that only appears on your driving record while a criminal offense is something that goes on your driving record and your criminal record permanently. In Virginia, serious traffic violations are considered criminal offenses and include reckless or aggressive driving, and DUI. Since these are criminal offenses, it is important to contact a qualified traffic attorney who has experience with criminal and traffic law.
What are the consequences of a criminal conviction?
A criminal charge can jeopardize your ability to receive a job-related security clearance and many employers conduct criminal background checks before they will hire you. In addition, people who are not U.S. citizens can be stripped of their legal status or be removed from the U.S. based on certain criminal charges.
What is an expungement?
This is where a court deletes or seals all records related to a criminal charge. If you were charged of a crime, any record of this charge is removed from the court’s system and the public cannot access the information. Whether you can seek expungement in Virginia will depend on the final disposition in your case. It is essential to consult an experienced Fairfax attorney to see if you qualify for this type of relief.
How can I speak to a Fairfax criminal law attorney about my traffic, DUI, or criminal case?
At the Law Offices of Mark J. Yeager, P.C., we have over 34 years experience with criminal law matters and invaluable knowledge of traffic offenses and DUI. Please call our Fairfax office today at 703.385.2880 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.