Matney Law PLLC - Newport News Virginia - Traffic Court & DUI Attorney
Matney Law PLLC - DUI Attorney - Newport News VA

Matney Law – DUI Case Results

Matney Law - DUI Case Results

Matney Law PLLC with offices in Williamsburg & Newport News are providing some sample DUI cases results for your review.  You may read all of the case results for 2015 through 2018 in the tabs on this website.  Mark Matney has defended hundreds of people in traffic court.  If you are looking for a experienced DUI defense team, then call Matney Law.  We focus on the cities and counties between Virginia Beach and New Kent.

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DUI Not Guilty and DUI Dismissed

During the past month, I achieved dismissals for two of my DUI clients. During this time I also helped other clients by negotiating the amendment of a DUI to reckless driving, the dismissal of other charges, the avoidance or reduction of jail, and other positive sentencing outcomes.

The dismissal by nolle pros was exciting for my client, but it was not extraordinary. By showing up ready for trial, I was able to take advantage of a difficulty with the prosecution’s evidence. This resulted in the prosecutor asking the judge to dismiss the case with the hope that he can possibly obtain the necessary evidence in the future.

The not guilty decision was exhilarating. DUI trials are hard fought, with most of my clients presumed to be under the influence as soon as we walk into the courtroom. In this case, I argued a legal issue to challenge the admissibility of the breath certificate and the judge agreed to exclude the breath certificate with my client’s blood alcohol level. This decision removed the presumption that my client was under the influence and left both sides to argue about the field sobriety tests. After the officer described what he remembered happening, I asked him clarifying questions and gave him the opportunity to explain how poorly he thought my client performed on the tests. The problem for the prosecution was that I then played the officer’s video of my client’s field sobriety tests and the judge was able to see that my client did not make the errors that the officer described. With the breath certificate excluded and the video demonstrating that my client did well on the field tests, the judge disregarded the officer’s testimony and found my client not guilty of driving under the influence (DUI).

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Advocate

Mark Matney - DUI - Reckless Driving - Matney Law PLLC - Newport News VirginiaAdvocate committed to challenging drunk driving charges

I understand that good people can make mistakes. I strive to protect you by zealously representing your interests at every turn. I am knowledgeable about complex Virginia DUI laws and will analyze every aspect of your case — from the initial traffic stop to Breathalyzer or blood tests — to build your defense. I know what the prosecution needs to prove to obtain a conviction and I will challenge the evidence against you with the skill I have developed through more than 20 years of practicing law. I will work diligently to help you avoid or minimize the charges against you.

After your arrest:

1. Make sure you have copies of all of the papers you signed / received. You should have the following documents:

a. Summons or warrant for each charge
b. Recognizance form demonstrating terms of your release from custody.
c. Certificate of Blood Alcohol Analysis if you took a breath test.

2. Preserve your memory of the day of your arrest by immediately writing a summary of all you can remember about the events leading up to the time of your arrest and the circumstances of the arrest itself. Be sure to include the following information:

a. Location(s) where you were drinking along with times and the number and type of drinks.
b. Witness names and contact information.
c. Statements you made to police and statements by the police.
d. List of field sobriety tests with descriptions of the instructions and results.
e. Any medical issues you were experiencing at the time of the arrest.

Contact me today for a consultation.

If you have been arrested for DUI, you need a qualified defense attorney who has the knowledge and experience to help you. Call Mark Matney at Matney Law, PLLC, today at 757-784-3507 or contact me online to schedule a phone conference or a meeting at my Newport News, Virginia office.