Fairfax Virginia DUI Charges dismissed against NFL Star and Local Business Owner
“I have used Bob Battle several times in the last 13 years for all different charges from DUI, Driving on Suspended License and even a Reckless Discharge of Firearm charge. I refer my employees as well as using him for my own use. He is a terrific lawyer and the outcome of his services have exceeded my expectations. His dedication, professionalism and knowledge about the criminal justice system is remarkable! I have always been happy with the verdict! I referred a friend of mine, Chris McCalister of the Baltimore Ravens to Bob Battle when Chris was charged with DUI and Refusal to take a Breath Test in Fairfax County, Virginia. The verdict- not guilty on both charges. Bob Battle is highly recommended by me, my employees as well as my friend. I know from experience that Bob will work just as hard for any of his clients as he does for the millionaire pro athletes.”
-Tamara Pingol, Owner Atlas Detailing, Woodbridge, VA
As a federal prosecutor and, more importantly, as a parent who always taught my children to obey the law, I was extremely upset and disappointed when my 19 year-old son who was stationed in the military in Virginia was involved in an accident in Caroline County and charged with DUI, Reckless Driving, Aggressive Driving, Failure to Maintain Proper Control of his vehicle, and Underage Possession of Alcohol. As a prosecutor who is used to being on the government side, I also have a tremendous amount of respect for the role of the defense attorney in the judicial process. I called a friend of mine who is a federal prosecutor in Virginia and asked for a recommendation for a lawyer to represent my son. Without hesitation, he recommended Bob Battle.
I was extremely surprised to learn how little the prosecution is required to reveal to the defense attorney prior to trial under Virginia law. Bob told us that he was well aware that the system does nothing to ease one's mind prior to trial and that, in most cases, the only thing you can do to help yourself is to find an experienced DUI lawyer to place your trust in. He told me that the the Virginia system, in which there is virtually no time spent by the prosecutor's office preparing for trial, is structured in such a way that you are constantly able to use that situation your client's advantage. Boy, did Bob Battle prove that to be true at trial!
First, the trooper was unable to compel his out-of-state witness to appear at trial. There were also issues as to the admissibility of the hospital blood test and even the "green bottle" found in my son's car was not properly analyzed. The end result was that:
I was hoping for the best, but I have to admit I am still amazed that you hit a grand slam and all charges were dismissed. Thanks again.
-Client’s Parent, Assistant U.S. Attorney
Fairfax VA DUI Charge Dropped Due to Breath Machine Problem
"... my career is saved!"
"When I was charged with DUI in Fairfax County I searched for a lawyer as if my life depended on it. Certainly my livelihood depended on it. I am a professional and my employment contract stated that I would be fired if my license was ever suspended or restricted. I was shocked when the breath machine blew a .14 and I wanted a lawyer with the expertise to attack this breath machine.
Bob does not leave Richmond to meet potential clients, but I was more than willing to make the 200+ mile trip to consult with Bob in person. I hired Bob at the conclusion of the consultation and it was one of the best and most important decisions I have made in my life. Bob proved to be worth every penny of his fee.
Bob developed a new defense based on the replacement "chopper motor" that had been placed in the Intoxilyzer 5000 breath machine used in my case. He was the first lawyer in the entire state of Virginia to convince a judge to let an expert test this machine. Just hours before our expert was set to test the machine, the prosecutor offered a plea bargain to the reduced charge of Reckless Driving, with no license suspension. (Read "Fairfax agrees to Reduce DUI charge.")Thanks to Bob Battle's expertise and understanding of complex technical issues, my career is saved and I keep a great job instead of being another unemployment statistic."
-Client, Fairfax, VA
Richmond Virginia DUI 2nd Offense Reduced on Appeal
"Hiring you was the best investment I’ve made in my life!"
“When I was involved in an accident in the City of Richmond and charged with a 2nd DUI, I was extremely concerned about what would happen at court. I initially hired an attorney whose entire “defense strategy” unfortunately (and to my great dismay) was to hope the witnesses did not show up at trial. When my case was called and the witnesses came forward, I could see my lawyer, who told me the witnesses were not there, was visibly shaken! Needless to say, we lost the case, I was given a lengthy jail sentence, my license was suspended outright for 3 years, and I was also required to perform a large number of hours of community service.
I decided to appeal and my attorney wrote me a nasty letter which basically made me the scapegoat for everything that went wrong at trial. I knew that I needed to conduct an extensive search for a fearless and aggressive DUI lawyer who would prevent a repeat of the disaster in the lower court. My research led me to make an appointment with you. From the moment I set foot in your office, it was like night and day in terms of your knowledge of DUI defense and strategy compared to my other lawyer.
At trial on appeal to the Richmond Circuit Court, I overheard the prosecutor tell you that he would not offer anything different than my previous sentence unless you could convince him that he had a problem proving his case. You explained to him several issues about whether the field sobriety tests were admissible and whether the breath result would be admissible since no one knew how long my accident had occurred prior to the police arriving. You also told the prosecutor your argument that the prior conviction would not be admissible on Constitutional grounds. Thus, you were making strong arguments attacking every aspect of the government’s case- the proof of a prior conviction, the field tests and the breath result. The prosecutor conceded the problem with the breath test and allowed me to plead to a first offense DUI with no jail time and an immediate restricted license!
You certainly charged more than my first lawyer, but I learned my lesson- you get what you pay for. Hiring you was the best investment I’ve made in my life! Thanks again.”
-Client, Richmond, VA
"Bob Battle- His Name Says it All!"
Like most people, when I was charged with DUI in Arlington, Virginia, I was extremely nervous and apprehensive before trial. I am at the height of my professional career, and I have and need my top-secret security clearance. A DUI conviction would ruin my career.
When I met with Bob, I told him about meeting with another lawyer who suggested I plead guilty and it gives me great pleasure to quote Bob’s response “If you want to plead guilty on these facts, please find another attorney.”
Let me assure you that by trial Bob has a plan and knows how to work it. At trial Bob’s intense focus does not allow or afford panic. He is cool under fire and gave me the assurance and representation I deserved. The police officer was visibly annoyed and frustrated on Bob’s cross-examination as Bob exposed that he had ignored “the book” in his “field sobriety tests.” In fact, Bob was so relentless in grilling the officer, you would think Bob was the one on trial and not me. The end result- not guilty. I was convinced and it was demonstrated in the course of my case that this man means business and is “the truth!”
-Client, Senior Information Security Program Manager/ Engineer
D.C. Lawyer Charged with DUI in Fairfax County- DUI charge Reduced
"As a D.C. lawyer for more than 20 years, I never expected to find myself on the other side of the law. Then I picked up a DUI charge that could have ruined my life and career if it stuck.
I was referred to Bob Battle through a friend, and over the next few months he mounted a vigorous -- and, most important to me, very honest -- defense to the charge. As a result of his thorough investigation and skillful negotiation, the prosecutor was persuaded to drop the DUI charge.
Bob Battle was always straight up with me about the case, and even though I wasn't part of the discussions he had with the prosecutors, I know that the fact that my charge was reduced was mostly attributable to his reputation as a zealous defense attorney with a lot of integrity."
-Client, Fairfax County, VA
Virginia Lawyer Charged with DUI in Henrico County- Breath Test not admitted
“I have a varied law practice which includes traffic defense. When I was charged with a DUI in Henrico County, VA, it was an extremely stressful situation to find myself as a criminal defendant before judges I regularly appeared before representing clients. I knew I needed an expert to represent me. I did have the advantage that I had actually seen in person most of the best known lawyers in court trying cases and did not have to rely on the hype of a telephone book ad or website.
Prior to seeing how you defended my case, I never realized the great complexity of thorough DUI defense. I believe that your willingness to research and readiness to argue the possible effect of my diabetes on the BAC result convinced the prosecutor to amend the charge and saved me a mandatory 5 day jail sentence.”
-Client, Richmond, VA
Guaranteed- Free Representation on Appeal to Circuit Court
“The case below best exemplifies why I offer my GUARANTEE that if you are convicted and wish to appeal your DUI or Reckless Driving conviction for a new trial, I will represent you for free on appeal to Circuit Court. Sometimes, the client feels that he/she did not get a fair shake in their first trial.”
DC Exotic Dancer's DUI Charge Dismissed on Appeal in Fairfax County
“While returning home very late at night after working as an exotic dancer at a club in D.C., I was charged with DUI in Fairfax County. Customers buy us drinks at the club and I was surprised that my BAC was a .13 at the police station. At my first trial, the courtroom bailiff asked me to sign a form stating that I was notified that my license was suspended for a DUI conviction while the prosecutor was beginning his closing argument!
I decided to appeal, and, as you promised, you represented me for free on appeal. You filed a motion to dismiss on the grounds that there was no legal basis to arrest me for DUI. I will never forget your cross examination of the trooper about his testimony that, on one of his “tests,” I counted backwards from 46 to 32 instead of stopping at 34. You asked him if he was aware of any scientific studies relating counting 2 extra numbers to alcohol intoxication. He indicated that he was. From there you pummeled him with questions proving that he had lied and finally the judge said he had heard enough. While granting your motion to dismiss my DUI charge, the judge told the trooper that there were already two lawyers arguing the case and it was not the trooper’s job to be the third lawyer!”
–Client, Fairfax, VA
You Can’t Win on an Issue if your Lawyer Fails to Recognize and Raise it!
2nd DUI and Refusal Amended to Reckless Driving in Spotsylvania
“I wanted to write you to thank you and your firm for your outstanding representation on my behalf regarding my DUI- 2nd Offense in 5 Years and Refusal charges that were recently finalized in Spotsylvania County. As you know, the penalties I was facing threatened to put me in jail for a minimum of 20 days and to force my company into bankruptcy. Other serious consequences involved losing my license for up to 6 years.
Prior to selecting your firm during a statewide search, I held consultations with 4 local law firms and I initially retained an attorney who I felt was giving me lackluster representation. As I imagine is the approach taken by most DUI attorneys, my original attorney suggested immediately enrolling in substance abuse counseling and essentially begging the prosecutor for mercy. During our initial consultation I realized that you approach each case individually and fight for your clients’ rights. Furthermore, you have a profound wealth of knowledge and understanding of DUI and traffic law. You spoke about potential issues that none of the other lawyers were even aware of in my case.
Your efforts on my behalf led to the reduction of my 2nd DUI AND a Refusal charge to Reckless Driving – a far better outcome than I could have ever hoped for. Even when the prosecutor offered a plea of a DUI 1st, you went back to the table and negotiated the lesser Reckless Driving charge. Because of your efforts one of the most stressful periods in my life is over and my life is back on track. I can’t thank you enough and I will strongly recommend that anyone in a similar situation give you a call to discuss your representation.”
-Client, Spotsylvania, VA
Going the Extra Mile for Clients
NJ College Student's Reckless Driving/Speeding in Chesterfield County is Reduced
"While driving through Chesterfield, VA, my 20 year old son was issued a summons for driving at a speed of 89 mph in a 65 mph zone on I-64. Reckless Driving in Virginia is a criminal charge in the same classification as DWI. The consequences confronting my son were serious and included the loss of a full college semester, a permanently impaired driving record and drastically higher insurance premiums.
With shock and utter disbelief, I searched the internet for help and hit upon Bob Battle’s website. Mr. Battle agreed to represent my son and did so at multiple court appearances without my son having to travel from New Jersey to Virginia a single time. Despite numerous examples of my son’s exemplary past behavior, the prosecutor was unwilling to offer anything other than a conviction as charged. Mr. Battle developed an innovative legal argument objecting to the admissibility of the radar evidence that no other attorney in all of Virginia had previously considered. The judge requested the admissibility argument be briefed, causing the trial to be postponed, and when rescheduled, the prosecutor vindictively attempted to demand my son be present in court. In response - and at no extra fee despite yet another court appearance - Bob Battle filed a separate motion to waive the presence of my son at trial which was granted by the judge.
Ultimately, due to Mr. Battle’s efforts and legal acumen, and over the objection of the prosecutor, my son was convicted of the minor offense of Improper Driving. Considering the potential, the result was not only favorable, it was remarkable. It is without hesitation I recommend Mr. Battle to anyone in need of legal services in the State of Virginia." -Renny W. Hodgskin, New Jersey
Fairfax County VA DUI Charge reduced to Reckless Driving
“Bob is bright and is well-versed on Virginia law, especially as it relates to DUI and other criminal cases. With Bob as my counsel, I was confident heading into the courtoom. Sure enough, the result was favorable. I could have served time. Instead, I was cited for Reckless Driving and a minimal fine. I would hire Bob again in a minute. I would also refer him to anyone seeking expert counsel.”
-W.S., Alexandria, VA
The following amusing testimonial was recently posted on Facebook.com:
I had a low life, overweight, ignorant, Stafford county cop try to take advantage of my friend and I. Big B took this cops twisted story and made him choke on it. Bob caught him up in several lies and gave the judge no choice but to find me ‘Not Guilty.’ Bob Battle, don't let his size fool you. He has a bite to fear. He brought justice to the table. Thanks Bob!"
-Client, Stafford, VA
Chesterfield County, VA Reckless Driving Charge Dismissed
“Your kindness in agreeing to take my court case touched me deeply. More than that, your patience and clarity in explaining the court procedure to me helped erase my feelings of anxiety and dread. What may have seemed like a routine day at court to you will always be a momentous event in my life! Thank you.”
-Margaret Waddell, Chesterfield, VA
Henrico County Reckless Driving Speeding 89 in a 65 Dismissed
“Thank you very much for your time and efforts. I am very happy with the outcome. Words can not describe my feelings now. This is definitely one of the happiest days in my life. I just want to say ‘thank you.’ For sure, I will tell your name to people I know in case they need your service. Moreover, I am going to write a testimonial so you can put my story on your website. When I surfed your website, I found those testimonials are very powerful. They are vivid stories telling your prowess and experiences. That is what made me hire you at the first place. So, wait for my story.”
- Dr. D.G., Client, Immune Disease Institute, Harvard University,Boston, MA
No need to send your “story,” Dr. G, you just did! Thanks to you and everyone listed above for your kind words. –Bob Battle