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 thousands of ways to win a DUI case, and thousands of ways to lose one. There are many things that the best DUI lawyers will be thinking about for your case, and which a “Dump Truck Lawyer” may never consider. The fact is, there are a huge number of potential defenses in a DUI case, including factual, scientific, technical and legal possibilities.
The best DUI lawyers in Manassas and surrounding cities will instantly recognize these issues and know that they are just skimming the surface of a complete and aggressive DUI defense. But every one of them takes not only knowledge and experience to make useful, but some hard work in investigation, research, briefing and argument. That’s why most “Dump Truck Lawyers” won’t recognize them or bother with them.
Experience allows the best DUI lawyers to know the difference between something that may seem unimportant, but is actually quite important (the traffic stop occurred in a convenience store parking lot) and something that may seem important, but usually isn’t (“the officer never read me my rights”).
Every DUI case breaks down into three phases:
1) The traffic stop
2) The arrest
3) The breath or blood test
The Traffic Stop – Did the officer have the authority to stop you in the first place? If so, where and when and how was it done?
The Arrest – Did the officer have the authority to arrest you? Was there enough evidence (“probable cause”) to put you in handcuffs and take you to the police station?
The Blood or Breath Test – Was the test legal? Was it done properly? Even if the result was over a 0.08, was it accurate?
This is the heart of any criminal case, and is particularly important in a DUI case. If the Commonwealth fails to produce the required evidence at each step, it can result in all the evidence collected after that step being suppressed (not allowed into evidence). The more evidence that is suppressed, the better chance you have at a verdict of “not guilty.”
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.