I was recently charged with a DUI in Fairfax County. I passed the field sobriety test, but I did not blow into a breathalyzer to confirm that I was driving while over the legal limit of 0.08 blood alcohol content. Despite the fact that I have not been found guilty of the charge, my license was still suspended for seven days. Why was my license taken away, if people are supposed to be considered innocent until proven guilty?

Unfortunately, in this situation, there is not much you can do – if anything – to get your license back for the first seven days after a Fairfax County DUI arrest. It is law in the state of Virginia that a license be suspended for seven days in order to protect the public, regardless if you really were guilty or not guilty of driving under the influence.

The Virginia DUI lawyers at the Taylor Law Company understand that this week-long inability to drive can wreak havoc on a career, especially one that is dependent on the employee transporting goods or people. That is why they urge anyone charged with a DUI to contact an attorney immediately so that the seven-day suspension does not turn in to a longer one after your court appearance. A number of defenses will and won’t work, depending on the individual situation. It is important to come up with a game plan as soon as possible to preserve your right to drive, as well as your driving record.

For information on what game plans are available for fighting your Fairfax DUI charge, contact the lawyers at Taylor Law Company by calling toll-free, 888.209.6631 or by filling out our online form.

Gretchen L. Taylor
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