A driving under the influence charge can change the course of the rest of your life. Your license to drive, your freedom, and much more are on the line. You may let down your family, risk your job, and be forced to endure a lifetime of missed opportunities and humiliation because of one mistake.
Do not compound one bad choice with another by hiring a lawyer without the proper local experience. Who you hire as your attorney can be the single greatest factor that affects the outcome of your case - you absolutely must make an informed decision about who you select as your Fairfax DWI lawyer.
Former Fairfax County prosecutor Kyle G. Manikas limits his DWI/DUI practice to cases in Fairfax County
As a former Fairfax County prosecutor, attorney Kyle G. Manikas has specialized knowledge as to how DUI cases are handled in Fairfax County. Attorney Manikas prosecuted thousands of DUI/DWI cases in Fairfax. As a result, he has an inside understanding of the Fairfax system that you will face - the steps that the prosecution will take to prepare the case, the manner in which the prosecutor will present the case to the judge or jury, and how specific prosecutors and judges may react to certain evidence and facts. Attorney Manikas appears in Fairfax courts on a daily basis dealing with the same judges and prosecutors that will handle your case.
DUI law is extremely complex and specialized
Law, like medicine, is very complex and specialized. Would you hire a podiatrist or general family practitioner to perform heart surgery? DUI is a very technical and fluid area of the law and the attorney you hire must have the appropriate experience. The law changes on a constant basis and cases often involve the application of scientific, technical, and medical principles. Any lawyer who does not devote a large portion of their time to DUI/DWI cases is not qualified to handle such a case. Simply having a license to practice law does not mean that a lawyer is competent to practice every type of law.
The Politics of DUI Are Against You
The public simply does not like the idea of intoxicated drivers on the road and there are a number of organizations that lobby very strongly for tougher treatment of drunk drivers. These groups exert tremendous political pressure on the legal system. Every prosecutor's worst nightmare involves going light on a particular defendant and then having that person kill or injure someone in a later alcohol related accident. Judges have this same fear. This is what you are up against. Having a clean record will not get you a break. It is not enough to hope for a break. You must have an attorney that has the knowledge and skills to provide you with the best possible strategy.
The DUI Defense Plan of Attack
If you are facing a DUI charge in Fairfax County, Virginia, it is important to recognize that prosecutors will aggressively pursue your case. They view you as a danger to the public. The politics surrounding DUI cases demand it. It is critical that your attorney have a defense plan to pursue on your behalf.
Attorney Kyle G. Manikas breaks his analysis and defense of DWI/DUI case into several steps. Success at any one step requires an experienced DUI attorney with extensive knowledge of DUI laws and a practice dedicated to Fairfax County. Attorney Manikas considers the following possible defenses in every DWI/DUI case:
The Fairfax DWI lawyer you hire to represent you should have the knowledge to explore every potential issue in the case. A DWI/DUI trial is a complicated process with many moving parts. The ability to execute a successful trial strategy, at a minimum, requires an intimate knowledge of the law, rules of evidence, local court rules, unwritten procedures, and technical and scientific issues at play. A good DUI defense attorney is not only aware of and understands these issues, but has the necessary trial experience.
Call to schedule a free consultation with Kyle G. Manikas. Mr. Manikas will analyze your Fairfax case from the perspective of a former prosecutor who has an inside understanding of the Fairfax system you will face.
Manikas Law LLC
10513 Judicial Drive, Suite 203
Fairfax, VA 22030