Scott C. Nolan devotes most of his practice to defending individuals who have been charged with DUI in Manassas, Prince William, Manassas Park, Gainesville, Haymarket, Woodbridge, Lake Ridge, Dumfries, Bristow, Warrenton, Centreville, Fairfax, Stafford, Chantilly, Leesburg, Ashburn, Sterling, Herndon, Reston, Alexandria, Annandale, and Arlington.
Scott has been practicing law in Northern Virginia since 2000. As a member of the National College for DUI Defense and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, he is committed to success through knowledge and works continuously to hone his knowledge of science and the law. He is well known to both courts and clients for his thorough preparation, his experience and his judgment. He has represented thousands of clients in criminal cases and is trained in the highly specialized fields of DUI/DWI Breath and Blood testing as well as forensic toxicology and the administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests.
There are the 12 questions you must ask of every lawyer you speak with about your DUI case. Here is the twelfth question:
12. Why Do You Practice DUI Defense Law?
In “The Departed”, one of my favorite movies, Martin Sheen asks prospective undercover police officer Leonardo DiCaprio, “Do you want to be a cop? Or do you want to appear to be a cop? It’s an honest question. A lot of guys just want to appear to be cops. Gun, badge, pretend they’re on TV.” It’s true of lawyers, too. A lot of guys just want to appear to be lawyers.
Being a great DUI lawyer is about service. Service to clients in Manassas, Prince William, Manassas Park, Gainesville, Haymarket, Woodbridge, Lake Ridge, Dumfries, Bristow, Warrenton, Centreville, Fairfax, Stafford, Chantilly, Leesburg, Ashburn, Sterling, Herndon, Reston, Alexandria, Annandale, and Arlington. Service to the community, and service to the justice system. It’s about wanting to protect your client’s rights to a full defense and a fair trial, because that’s the only way that everyone’s rights are protected. It’s about making sure that the American justice system is as fair and as rigorous and as thorough as it can possibly be.
DUI lawyer Scott Nolan chooses to practice DUI Defense law because no other area of law is so patently unfair to the common American citizen. DUI laws have long since abandoned even a pretense of fairness and impartiality and instead have become heavily weighted against the defendant. Governments routinely ignore or legislatively undermine the fundamental truths of science as well as your rights to Due Process (an honest trial) and the presumption of innocence (a fair trial).
These rights, enshrined in the United States Constitution and the Virginia Constitution, are routinely and thoroughly circumvented by legislatures so eager to convince the public they’re doing something about drunk driving that they are willing to trample on rights held sacrosanct in all other aspects of the criminal law. As just one example, thanks to television and movies, almost everyone is aware of their rights under the 5th Amendment of the United States Constitution (“You have the right to remain silent, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law…”), but citizens are routinely required to give evidence against themselves when suspected of DUI.
Evidence that would never pass muster in any other sort of trial is routinely admitted in DUI cases (such as allowing a machine to testify against you without ever having to prove that the machine works properly). Only in a DUI case can insisting on your rights be used as evidence against you (refusing to perform the “voluntary” field sobriety tests can be used as evidence that you are intoxicated). DUI lawyer Scott Nolan never liked bullies, and in the case of DUI prosecution, governments, through their legislative shortcuts, have become just that.
Most people arrested for DUI are good people who have made a mistake, often for the first and only time. That mistake can lead to jail, fines, the loss of your driving privileges, loss of employment, loss of security clearances, family distress and a lifetime of regret.
DUI lawyer Scott Nolan wants to make sure that your rights are protected and that you have a fighting chance to get your life back in order.
If you’ve been charged with a DUI, you could be facing serious consequences that will impact your life (and family’s) for years to come. You need an experienced DUI lawyer NOW. Please contact me at 703-361-0776 or by CLICKING HERE for a free and confidential conversation about your case.
As a DUI lawyer, I serve clients in:
Northern Virginia, including Manassas, Prince William, Manassas Park, Gainesville, Haymarket, Woodbridge, Lake Ridge, Dumfries, Bristow, Warrenton, Centreville, Fairfax, Stafford, Chantilly, Leesburg, Ashburn, Sterling, Herndon, Reston, Alexandria, Annandale, and Arlington.