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What Helps You Get a Lighter Sentence for DUI

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After a DUI, your top concern is likely the penalties and consequences that follow. Let’s discuss some of the factors that could help you get a lighter DUI sentence.


When the police pull you over for suspected DUI, your first inclination may be to act upset. You may be irritable or hostile toward the officers simply because you’re stressed. However, you should do everything you can to remain respectful and polite during your interactions. This could end up helping your future case.

However, while we encourage you to be respectful, we also want you to use your rights. This means do not give into a search or take field sobriety tests simply because you want to be cooperative. You do not have to do this, and you can politely decline.


Having a lower BAC score will be beneficial to your case. The courts are less likely to give a charge reduction or lenient sentence to someone significantly over the legal limit.

Past Record

If this is your first time being arrested, and your first DUI, this can be very helpful when the judge determines a sentence. If you have a past record of similar offenses, the judge will see that you are not learning from your mistakes, and will likely give a harsh sentence. Keeping your record as clean as possible will help you in potential future situations where you’re facing new charges.

Working with a DUI Attorney

Working with a DUI defense attorney is the best way to ensure a positive outcome. Not only can a DUI attorney help fight for you to get the lightest sentence possible, but they will also work to have your case dismissed or otherwise handled so are not convicted to begin with.

Virginia DUI Defense Team

If you have recently been charged with DUI in Virginia, Tillotson & Martin, LLC want to use their knowledge and experience to help you achieve the best possible outcome. Whether that is having your case dismissed, a not-guilty verdict, or a reduced sentence, we are here to advocate for you. Give us a call at (757) 568-7978 to speak with our attorneys.