Drug Crimes/DUI/DWI

Assertive And Experienced Defense Against DUI And Drug Charges

Law enforcement officers and courts in Virginia take drunk driving and drug offenses seriously. If you face charges of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs, or if you have been arrested in possession of a controlled substance or any other drug charge, you need the help of an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney.

I am James D. McMichael, the founding attorney of James D. McMichael, Attorney at Law. I have aggressively defended the rights of individuals throughout Rockbridge County and surrounding counties who face DUI or drug charges. My aim is to minimize the impact of any criminal charge against my clients. In some cases, this results in charges being dismissed due to improper police procedure or lack of evidence. Other times, a case may be resolved through negotiating a reduced charge or an alternative sentence that keeps a conviction off my client’s record or otherwise working in their favor.

My Experience Makes A Difference

I have nearly four decades of legal experience, including several years of appearing before judges and juries in state and federal courts in Rockbridge County and neighboring communities. I know the judges, the prosecutors and the police. This works to my clients’ benefit when I am negotiating a settlement. Of course, if a fair agreement cannot be reached through negotiation, I am a trial-tested attorney who is always ready to advocate aggressively in court on my clients’ behalf.

I represent clients who face a variety of drug charges, including:

  • Possession or sale of marijuana
  • Possession or distribution of a Schedule I or Schedule II substance (including heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and opioids)
  • Illegal possession or distribution of prescription drugs
  • Prescription drug fraud
  • An attempt or conspiracy to commit a drug-related offense

I Will Review Every Aspect Of Your Arrest

In their zeal to charge and convict an individual of a drunk driving or drug crime, law enforcement officers often overstep their rights. I will thoroughly review the facts of your arrest to determine if a strong defense strategy may focus on an illegal search or seizure of your property, or an illegal police stop. Police are prone to mistakes, and those missteps can be the crux of a legal defense that leads to charges being dismissed.

In DUI cases (also frequently referred to as driving while intoxicated or DWI), mistakes may be made in administering a breath or blood test. The results of a chemical test may be called into question for other reasons, such as a machine malfunction or a misreading due to other factors. I am thoroughly acquainted with all possible defense strategies in these cases. Every option will be reviewed in order to present the strongest possible defense on your behalf.

Work With An Attorney Who Is Committed To Your Cause

Facing a DUI or drug charge is a serious matter. You need to work with a defense attorney who is committed to keeping such a charge from upending your life. I work directly with every client from the initial consultation through the resolution of a case and on appeals as well if necessary. My commitment is unwavering. I will communicate responsively with you to update you on any developments, explain every step and answer any questions that you have.

No matter what stage your case is in — investigation, plea, trial or appeal — do not speak to police prosecutors without an attorney present. Law enforcement officers may use a line of questioning that makes it appear they wish to help you, but what you say may actually hurt your case. Have a lawyer present before you answer any questions.

Contact My Firm For Aggressive Defense

I am ready to defend you against DWI or any drug-related criminal charges that you face. Call me 24/7 at 703-258-4277 or use the Contact form below, for a free phone or in-person consultation. I will answer your questions, explain your options, and assess your case.