More DWI and reckless charges over holidays? (Virginia)

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Fairfax Criminal Lawyer Data Report

Several months ago, we analyzed over 1,700 arrests in Fairfax County, and published an infographic to compare the frequencies of various types of charges over a period of several months. The data from those arrests? It all came from Summer, 2013 arrest records released by Fairfax County. This post looks at the frequency of Fairfax County DWI and reckless driving arrests in December. Both of these offenses are punishable by a fine of up to $2,500 and 12 months in jail (although a DWI could be considered a felony). Please consult with a local Fairfax DUI lawyer if charged, or local Ashburn – serving Fairfax criminal lawyer.

Fairfax County Reckless Driving and DWI Charges: Results from our Virginia Criminal Attorney

After analyzing approximately 1,738 arrest records earlier this year, it was determined that:

  • DWI and DWI-related offenses accounted for about 6.5% of total arrests
  • Reckless Driving accounted for 6.7% of total arrests

…and a similar analysis using data from December, 2013 (809 arrests):

  • DWI and DWI-related offenses nearly doubled, at about 13% of total arrests
  • Reckless Driving slightly declined, at about 5% of total arrests

Fairfax Criminal Lawyer ‘s Thoughts

Fairfax Criminal LawyerAs a Northern Virginia area Fairfax criminal lawyer, I expected the data for both offenses — Fairfax County reckless driving and driving while intoxicated — to be about double the typical rate, in terms of frequency of arrest.

I was surprised to learn that only one of these offenses showed a marked increase: DWI. Future analysis is needed to take into consideration certain identifiable seasonal impacts, such as a theorized increased frequency of other offenses such as larceny (shoplifting) during the holidays. The increased numbers of DWI arrests could also have contributed to fewer Fairfax County reckless driving arrests (in reality, it may be a possibility that an officer will arrest a person on suspicion of DWI in Virginia and choose not to also charge that person with reckless driving).

No matter the charge you face, if it is a criminal offense (a misdemeanor or felony), talking to a local or Fairfax criminal lawyer is highly encouraged. Not only are there potentially very hefty fines associated with DUI and reckless driving, but jail time could be possible upon conviction, depending on the case’s facts (and the client’s history, too). Always make sure to discuss any proviuos sentences and if you are on probation. Also, be prepared to discuss your driving record and DMV demerit points.

The good news: talking to a local Fairfax Criminal Lawyer is free.

…If you find the right criminal attorney

Many people are surprised to find out that in Fairfax County, there are numerous well-respected criminal attorneys who are willing to provide a free no obligation initial consultation. If you face a moving traffic violation and it is not a criminal charge, there are still times when having a Virginia and Fairfax traffic attorney is wise. Depending on a person’s status, DMV record, place of residence, and occupation (among other factors), hiring a Virginia traffic attorney may be critical to saving thousands of dollars in the long-run.

For a free consultation with our Fairfax Criminal Lawyer

Call us at 703.665.3719, as our Fairfax DUI Lawyer offers free telephone, online, or in-person case evaluations. You can find out an attorney’s opinion as far as the possible risks you face, and what it would cost for legal representation.

While nothing should be considered legal advice (unless the lawyer has been hired), our Northern Virginia and Fairfax county reckless driving lawyer and DWI attorney is happy to take some time to go over a pending case. Please call or use the contact form to leave a message (top left-hand portion of your browser).

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Brenton D. Vincenzes is a lifelong Fairfax County resident and Fairfax Criminal Defense Lawyer. He is a member of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National College of DUI Defense, NORML, and has been awarded the following in 2014-15: Top 100 Trial Lawyer (National Trial Lawyers) Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyer (National Trial Lawyers) Nationally Ranked Top 10 Under 40 Defense Attorney (National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys) 10 Best in Client Satisfaction for Criminal Defense (American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys) Nationally Ranked Top 1% Attorney Award Recipient (National Association of Distinguished Counsel) As a local leader, Mr. Vincenzes mentors troubled youths, volunteers his time to serve at his church, takes select pro bono clients, and strives to improve the community. Mr. Vincenzes represents men, women, and juveniles through zealous and diligent advocacy, strategic planning, and skilled trial work preparation. Mr. Vincenzes' areas of criminal law practice are broad, and include most felonies and misdemeanors such as: reckless driving, DUI & DWI, drug offenses, assault and battery, domestic violence, assault on an officer, destruction of property, alcohol offenses, firearm offenses, larceny, shoplifting, embezzlement, fraud, and other theft offenses, and moving traffic violations among others. His private legal services are available in most Northern Virginia jurisdictions, including Fairfax County, Arlington County, Prince William County, Loudoun County, Stafford County, Alexandria, Manassas, Leesburg, South Riding, and other cities and towns.


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