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DUI – Driving Under the Influence

DUI

DUI

DUI

For people convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) charges the penalties can be severe and life-changing. Criminal and civil charges can often be weighed against a client and if convicted they may face large financial penalties, license revocation and even jail time. There can also be hefty court fees, increased insurance premiums, probation costs, alcohol treatment costs and even lost job opportunities as a result of a conviction. The fee for quality legal services can be small in comparison to the costs of a wrongful conviction.

It takes a very experienced attorney to properly defend someone charged with a DUI. The attorney must be well versed in criminal law, evidentiary law and constitutional law. They must also understand the science behind the blood alcohol testing procedures and knowledge about how law enforcement officials make DUI arrests.

Lance Rollo has years of experience in DUI/alcohol and DUI/drug defense and has helped hundreds of clients successfully navigate through the process. He is highly skilled in understanding the challenges and uncovering any weaknesses in the evidence against you. Every case is different, but Lance’s goal is always the same… minimize the impact this situation has on your life and fight to reduce, or have the charges all together dropped.

West Virginia laws have changed over the years to include more severe penalties for those convicted of DUI. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a criminal offense and many people incorrectly assume there is no chance to successfully defend against these cases. The initial charges and scientific evidence can be unique for each case so it requires an attorney experienced in this specialized field of law. It will help a great deal to have an attorney that can work to minimize penalties and help ensure your charges were properly processed.

Lance Rollo provides aggressive defense for DUI and drug-related charges in the greater Morgantown area. He is dedicated to fight against unnecessary charges and penalties for those accused of driving under the influence. His first goal is to help you avoid a conviction in the case, and if that is not possible to reduce unreasonable penalties in the Morgantown courts.

Don’t plead guilty until a qualified attorney has thoroughly reviewed your case. The costs are simply too high.

  • Driving while intoxicated (DUI)
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs / narcotics
  • DUI check points
  • Underage drinking / consumption

After the Arrest

1
Do not make any statements to the police

Provide your driver’s license, registration and insurance as requested, but you are not required to speak to police. If you speak with officers, they may note that you had slurred speech – even in cases where you may not.

2
Do not assume that you must submit to a breathalyzer

It is misleading to assume the results will not be used in court. In fact, the results are seen by many courts as conclusive, indisputable evidence when in fact there may be cases where the tests were administered improperly. You are not required blow into one of these devices – the results will almost always hurt, and will rarely help. However, failure to comply with the test can result in immediate suspension of your driving privileges, fines and imprisonment. Breathalyzers are notoriously inaccurate and the tests can be inaccurately given which could result in inaccurate evidence that can be used against you.

3
Do not perform roadside tests

The roadside “exercises” are completely voluntary. You do not need to perform these roadside exercises, even if asked by law enforcement to do so. They will almost always be used against you in your trial.

4
Do not plead guilty or assume you are guilty

DUI cases are very complex and all evidence must be collected using strict scientific guidelines. Experienced legal representation is often the only way to discover if the police, and prosecution, have properly obtained evidence through these means.

4
Retain an experienced DUI attorney ASAP

Speed is of the essence. There are several immediate steps your lawyer needs to take to ensure the timeline of the court is adhered to. The sooner you hire an attorney, the faster they can gather evidence, answer questions and work towards an acquittal.


Success Stories

Client was in the parking lot of McDonalds at 2:30 in the morning, after having just ordered food from the drive-thru. Without any reason or justification to do so, the police immediately blocked in the client, not allowing him to leave, and began giving the client the field sobriety exercises. Mr. Rollo was able to suppress all of this information as being illegally obtained and, as a result, the case was dismissed and the client was exonerated.


DUI FAQs

Do I need an attorney for a DUI in West Virginia?
What can Attorney Lance Rollo do for me that another West Virginia DUI attorney cannot?
Do I have to hire a DUI attorney immediately?