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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 Abingdon – 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
As 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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