EFFECTIVE AND AGGRESSIVE
BILL HICKS, ATTORNEY AT LAW
FAIRFAX DUI ATTORNEY
DO YOU NEED A DUI LAWYER?
Every state has some sort of “drunk driving” statute. The term “drunk driving” is in quotes because none of these laws require that you be “drunk” or “intoxicated” to be guilty. All that is required is that your ability to operate a vehicle has been impaired to any extent at all or that your Blood alcohol level exceeds the state limit (which is now .08% in all states). The consequences of DUI differ drastically from state to state and are influenced by your age, blood alcohol limit (BAC), whether you have been arrested for DUI in the past, and whether you caused injury or death during the DUI.
A DUI LAWYER CAN HELP…
ASSESS YOUR LEGAL SITUATION
An experienced DUI Defense lawyer can help you understand what you are up against and the fines you may be required to pay. a DUI lawyer mostly deals with DUI matters and knows the process inside and out – including options that a public defender may not tell you.
EXPLAIN THE CONSEQUENCES
The consequences of a DUI vary greatly from state to state and a DUI lawyer will be able to explain how those consequences in your state apply to you such as (1) harsher punishments for those arrested with BAC limits over .08, (2) special laws for underage drivers arrested for DUI, (3) possible community service or plea bargaining, (4) overlapping jurisdiction of Courts and your state’s motor vehicle licensing department to suspend or revoke your license, and (5) contingent license programs that allow you to use your vehicle to get to and from work.
MANAGE THE PROCESS
Dealing with the motor vehicle department can be frustrating and time consuming. a DUI Lawyer can manage the process for you by completing the required forms; making phone calls; scheduling and/or representing you at a Motor Vehicle Department suspension hearing, and making other necessary arrangements.
REPRESENT YOU IN COURT
An experienced DUI Lawyer knows the ins and outs of the courtroom and may be able to obtain a lesser sentence for you if your situation and state law allows for it.
DON’T KNOW IF A DUI LAWYER IS RIGHT FOR YOU? HERE ARE SOME GENERAL GUIDELINES:
Definitely hire a DUI Lawyer if you already have several DUI’s and receive another; or if your DUI arrest was the result of an accident or if anyone was injured; or if you are a professional driver whose livelihood depends on keeping your license.
Seriously consider hiring a DUI Lawyer if you’ve been arrested for a second DUI (in the same or another state) or were arrested with a BAC limit over double the legal limit as harsher penalties may apply.
You might want to hire a DUI Lawyer if you don’t understand your rights or DUI laws, what you need to do, or the consequences you face. You also might want legal representation if you are in a profession (or plan to be) that requires bonding or in which any criminal conviction might prevent you from getting or keeping a professional license. If you don’t know the requirements, then you need expert advice before handling the case yourself.
Bill R. Hicks attended college on the G.I. Bill. He later worked full-time as a police officer while going to law school at night. After graduation, he was an assistant commonwealth’s attorney. He was the part-time prosecutor for the City of Falls Church for about 18 years.
Mr. Hicks has served as a chairman of the criminal law section of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and has been a speaker at many continuing legal educations programs over the years. He has been in private practice for over 35 years. His practice is limited to criminal law and personal injury. He has represented clients facing charges ranging from murder, rape, and other serious felonies, to DUI, reckless driving, driving while suspended, and other traffic offenses. He has been AV-Preeminent Rated for many years.
- Virginia, 1976
- District of Columbia, 1979
- American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
- J.D. – 1976
- East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
- B.S. – 1970
- Many , Virginia State Bar
- Many, Virginia Trial Lawyer’s Association
Honors and Awards
- Martindale-Hubbell AV-Preeminent
- Super Lawyers
- Northern Virginia Magazine Top Lawyers
- Commonwealth’s Attorney, Assistant, 1976 to 1979
- City of Church Falls, City Prosecutor (p/t), 1979 to 1996
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