Washington DC DUI Attorney

Virtually everyone can attest to the sense of nervousness and frustration one feels when seeing a police officer’s flashing lights in the rearview mirror. For many people, such an experience leads to a citation for a minor traffic infraction, and the only real consequence is the annoyance of paying a traffic ticket. For those who have been drinking, however, what begins as a nuisance can quickly turn into a nightmare. If you are pulled over and suspected of driving under the influence, you can decline to answer any questions without the presence or advice of your Washington, DC DUI lawyer.

An experienced DUI attorney in the District of Columbia has a number of tools readily available to help you fight your DUI charge. However, you can make the situation easier or more difficult by the choices you make beginning with your initial traffic stop. It is important to understand your rights and to protect them. Keep in mind that you have the right to remain silent, even prior to your arrest and being read your rights. If an officer asks where you have been, if you have been drinking, or how much you have had to drink, you do not have to answer. Giving a statement in an effort to look helpful and compliant can give authorities the evidence they need to prosecute and can jeopardize your defense.

DC DUI and Implied Consent

If you are arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in DC, you may be read an Implied Consent Notice and asked to submit to blood alcohol analysis, generally through a breathalyzer machine such as the Intoxilyzer. Failure to consent to this test leads to the automatic suspension of your license. Even if you are acquitted of DUI charges or if your case is dismissed, the license suspension remains in place for refusal to submit to testing.




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Blood alcohol concentration from Intoxilyzer analysis is the most frequently used evidence by prosecutors. However, a skilled DC DUI lawyer can effectively challenge the results of the test, perhaps leading to the dismissal of your case or a verdict of not guilty. An attorney who is trained in the proper maintenance of breathalyzer machines and the administration of sobriety tests can expertly identify any improprieties or inconsistencies and utilize them to bring into question the accuracy of blood alcohol analysis results.

Criminal Cases vs. Administrative Hearings

In every DUI case, two separate proceedings are involved. The first is the criminal case that takes place in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. This is the portion of the case where the government is trying to punish a person by putting them in jail, imposing a fine, and other punitive sanctions.

The second is the administrative proceeding. Through this proceeding, the DC Department of Motor Vehicles will decide whether to suspend the driver’s license for up to three years. The only way to prevent this license suspension is to request an administrative hearing within the specified period of days of the service of notice. If this hearing is not requested in a timely manner, the accused’s license will be summarily suspended. Once the hearing is requested, it will put any revocation action on hold until the hearing.

Further details on the processes of both proceedings are covered in the following pages:

DC DUI Factors and Your Case

If you have been arrested for driving under the influence in Washington, DC, time is of the essence. From protecting your rights to representing you at an administrative hearing to reinstate your license to building the strongest defense, DC DUI lawyer Shawn Sukumar can diligently address all your defense needs. Call today for a free evaluation of your case and find out how to protect your rights and your reputation. Call our law offices any time, any day of the week.

2018 Shawn Sukumar Criminal Justice Reform Scholarship

After facing a significant amount of cases as a criminal defense attorney, Shawn Sukumar is adept at recognizing the fragilities of the court system. He aims to improve it. By offering the Justice Reform scholarship, one student will be awarded $500 who can best deliberate how to improve the justice system. If you’re interested in learning more, check out our scholarship.