If you're a military member who has been accused of drunk or drugged driving, speak with a Virginia Military DUI attorney about your case as soon as possible. Your DUI matter could be prosecuted under state law, the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), or both. If you're found guilty, you could be facing a multitude of penalties that could impact your rights, freedoms, and military career. Having skilled legal counsel on your side can increase the chances of avoiding or minimizing the conviction punishments.
At Tillotson & Martin, we understand the severity of a DUI allegation, especially when the accused is a member of the Armed Forces. That is why when you choose us to defend you, we take that honor seriously. Throughout our 40+ years of combined experience, we have handled numerous cases, and we know what it takes to develop an effective defense. Our Coastal Virginia military DUI attorneys are well-versed in DWI law and wrote the manual state judges and prosecutors refer to. On top of that, we continue our education in this area, staying current on the methods and technologies used to collect and analyze evidence. Additionally, Attorney Martin is an ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist, and he leverages his knowledge of the science behind DUI matters to aggressively challenge the allegations.
We are proud to provide high-quality legal services to military members. Speak with us during a free consultation by calling (757) 568-7978 today.
Military DUI Charges Resulting from Off-Base Offenses
In Virginia, it's illegal for a driver to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol or when they are driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. The law applies to both civilians and military members.
If you're a member of the Armed Forces and were stopped for suspicion of drunk or drugged driving when you were off of the installation, you may be charged under Virginia's laws.
A conviction for a civilian DUI carries various penalties and on the number of previous offenses, as well as the specifics of the circumstances.
For instance, a first offense could result in:
- Confinement in jail for up to 1 year
- Fine of up to $2,500, with a mandatory minimum of $250
- Mandatory driver's license revocation for 1 year
- Ignition interlock device installation for up to 1 year
A second offense within less than 5 years of the first conviction carries:
- A maximum jail term of 1 year, with a mandatory minimum of 20 days
- A maximum fine of $2,500, with a mandatory minimum of $500
- Driver's license revocation for 3 years
- Ignition interlock device installation for up to 2 years
In addition to criminal penalties for an off-base DUI, you may also face military charges and sanctions if your commanding officer deems such actions appropriate.
DUI Offenses Occurring on a Military Installation
If you are arrested on one of the many military bases in Coastal Virginia, you will end up in a Federal Courthouse in Alexandria, Richmond, Newport News or Norfolk. These courts will adopt Virginia law for their DUI cases.
In addition, under the UCMJ, it's illegal for military members to operate or be in physical control of a vehicle, aircraft, or vessel while they're intoxicated or they have a BAC of .08 or more. If you are accused of this offense, you could be subject to a court-martial, non-judicial punishment, or administrative action.
If you're found guilty, you could face administrative and punitive penalties, including, but not limited to:
- Reduction in rank
- Reduction in pay grade
- Extra duty
- Official reprimand
- Suspension or revocation of privileges
Working Relentlessly to Protect Your Rights and Future
When you choose Tillotson & Martin for your defense, our Coastal Virginia military DUI lawyers will be by your side throughout your case. We have an in-depth understanding of the law and processes involved in resolving these matters, and we can address any questions or concerns you might have.
We Wrote the Book.We were tasked with writing the book on Virginia DUI Law by Thomson Reuters Westlaw, the leading authority in legal publishing. Prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges often turn to this resource.
We Possess the Knowledge.Not only are our attorneys committed to attending continued education courses, they lecture and teach courses themselves. In a field as scientific and technical as DUI Defense, keeping our knowledge up to date is crucial to crafting our clients' defense strategies.
We Truly Care.Mike Tillotson & Jeff Martin go the extra mile for their clients. Our team realizes that this is your future at stake and we will employ every strategy to ensure that we are providing you with the best representation possible.
We Have the Fight to Win.With nearly 40 years of combined experience, Mike Tillotson and Jeff Martin have successfully handled thousands of DUI cases, and has tried cases across the entire state of Virginia.
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