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What Happens After I am Charged with DUI/DWI in Fairfax County?

 

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After you are charged with DUI/DWI (drunk driving) in Fairfax County you will be given a court date.  In Fairfax, this is a TRIAL date.  It is not an arraignment or some other form of preliminary date, it is a trial date.  This is different from other Northern Virginia counties.   Therefore, it is important that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible.  

After a client contacts me, I speak with them in detail about every fact and aspect they can recall about the incident and provide my preliminary thoughts.
Sometimes certain information is not available at the time of the initial call from a prospective client; therefore in those instances I am unable provide a full analysis at that time.  However, my golden rule is that I am always honest with people about the case.  If it is a case that can be fought on the merits with an aggressive defense, I say that.  If it is a case where we the objective should be to manage the consequences, I say that.  If it is too early to tell, I say that.  However, what I do not do is promise specific unrealistic results just to gain a client's case.  I am honest with people because I want them to be honest with me.
Once the client makes the decision to retain my services, I ask the client to provide specific information and documentation.   Once I have that information, I obtain additional information from the court file and by issuing subpoenas.

My goal is to have as much information about the case as possible and to use that information to uncover issues to use as leverage to negotiate on behalf of my client and to prepare for trial in the event one is necessary. 
   
Call 703-659-1561 or email to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with Fairfax DUI lawyer Kyle G. Manikas.  Mr. Manikas will analyze your Fairfax case from the perspective of a former Fairfax County prosecutor who has an inside understanding of the Fairfax system you will face.