Richmond DUI Defense Lawyer

Get Effective DUI Defense in Richmond, VA

Have you been arrested and charged with drunk driving? Your liberty, your livelihood, and your future are all on the line. Whatever the circumstances of your arrest, a skilled Richmond DUI attorney can fight to get your charges reduced or dismissed or win acquittal at trial. However, not all attorneys have the same criminal defense experience.

Why Choose Us?

  • Attorney Paul C. Galanides at the Law Office of Paul C. Galanides, P.C. is one of the most experienced and well-equipped DUI lawyers in Richmond.
  • For 23 years, his clients have relied on his zealousness for the truth, his unmatched research and investigative skills, and his unwillingness to let his clients fail.
  • As a prosecutor, Attorney Galanides attended a weeklong intensive Advanced DUI Training for Prosecutors and Police, with a select group of law-enforcement officers and fellow prosecutors.
  • Mr. Galanides has experience on 'both' sides of the courtroom, allowing him to craft defenses that challenge the state's case and get his clients the results they need.

Get a free initial consultation today by calling (804) 977-0110, or contact the firm online. Get answers quickly—the sooner you start, the stronger your case will be.

How Do You Get a DUI Dismissed in Virginia?

To get a DUI dismissed in Virginia, you can challenge the following aspects of your arrest:

  • Challenge the Reason for the Stop: If the officer did not see you commit any violations nor any crime, produce any evidence the case will be dismissed.
  • Operation of the Car: If there was an accident, and you weren’t in the vehicle when they got there, they have to prove you were the driver. It doesn’t matter if you were drunk if they can’t prove you were driving the car. There must be a witness to you operating the vehicle.
  • Challenge Police Procedures: Did the officer properly give you your Miranda rights? This usually won’t get a case dismissed, but we may be able to get certain admissions or other incriminating statements excluded from evidence depending on if and when the police arrested and Mirandized you.
  • Challenge Prosecutor Procedures: Ifthey did not properly notify the defense of all evidence they intended to present at trial it must be excluded.
  • Challenge the Breath Test Machine or Other Devices: Breathalyzers and other machines can create false positives based on radio frequency interference, a person’s diet, medical conditions (acid reflux), and other failed testing procedures.

How Long Does a DUI Affect Your Insurance in Virginia?

A DUI may even affect your insurance for a decade before car insurance companies may offer a regular insurance rate or “safe driver” discount. Drivers may need a certificate of financial responsibility (FR-44) for three to four years after a DUI, depending on the license reinstatement. The Virginia DMVs will show a DUI going back for a period of eleven years. Any insurance provider may issue higher rate quotes because of a prior DUI, even if it occurred years ago.

Do I Still Need FR-44 Insurance if I Don't Have a Vehicle?

You might still need FR-44 insurance even if you do not own a vehicle. FR-44 coverage is generally required after a DUI if you have a Virginia driver's license. Even if you don't have a car, your license may be suspended because of a DUI or DWI. In order to get your driving privileges back, you will have to get a “non-owner FR-44 certificate.”

What Are the DUI Penalties in the Virginia Commonwealth?

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DUI penalties in Richmond are steep and they only get steeper if you become a repeat offender. Fighting every charge could help get your charges dismissed, either by attacking the prosecutor's case or proving that your rights were violated during the arrest. Presenting a strong case could at the very least help reduce your charges, keeping you from paying heavy fines and serving time.

The consequences of a DUI in Virginia include:

  • Up to 12 months in jail for first offense
  • Mandatory jail time for second or subsequent offenses
  • Mandatory jail time for an Elevated BAC
  • Up to $2,500 in fines
  • License revocation

​​​​​​Given the consequences you might be facing, this is no time to go hunting for a “bargain” lawyer. Quality representation is always worth the price. The Law Office of Paul C. Galanides, P.C. builds cases by partnering with our clients to develop their most effective defenses. As a former public defender and seasoned prosecutor, Attorney Paul C. Galanides is equipped to anticipate the state's case against you, crafting a defense that is tailored to your specific situation.

Get a free initial consultation and talk to our DUI lawyers today! Call (804) 977-0110 or use our short online form.

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“I'm inspired to fight for the rights our constitution guarantees us, and to attempt to truly make a difference.”

- Paul C. Galanides
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