COVID-19 OFFICE UPDATE
 
Schmergel & Mersberger, PLC is here for you during this difficult time by continuing to remain open and fully functioning. Whether you’re having a family law, protective order, criminal law or traffic defense related issue, our attorneys are available for phone or video consultations to meet your needs. To schedule a consultation, please call our office at 703-763-2645 or contact us through our website and we will respond promptly.

Criminal Defense

Ways to challenge a breathalyzer test

There are several possible ways to challenge a breathalyzer test that has resulted in drunk driving charges. A DUI can be devastating for many accused drivers and can take a toll on both accused drivers and their families which is why accused drivers should be...

What are DUI penalties in Virginia?

Drunk driving penalties can be a significant set back for accused drivers. For that reason, accused drivers in Virginia should know what the penalties are how to fight drunk driving charges. The penalties for drunk driving charges There are several different penalties...

How long are license suspensions after a DUI?

As it is now summer in Virginia, people will be out with friends and family enjoying the warm weather. There are many different activities that people do with their friends and family, but it is common for people to drink alcohol while they are participating in these...

What are possible defenses to theft?

Theft charges can result in jail time, fines and other possible penalties and consequences. For that reason, individuals who have been accused of a theft crime should be familiar with their criminal defense options and how to go about them. Defenses to theft charges...

Woman arrested for DUI after turning onto train tracks

Driving is a privilege and should be treated as such. Motorists are expected to be properly licensed and are trusted to operate a motor vehicle in accordance with the rules of the road. In Virginia, like other states across the nation, motorists are legally obligated...

What constitutes criminal family abuse in Virginia?

Those who are accused of domestic assault may have many concerns. They may wonder how these charges will affect their children and their job. These are valid concerns, which is why it is important to have a basic understanding of domestic assault laws in Virginia....

Traffic stop leads to DUI and felony assault charges

In Virginia, when a person is investigated by law enforcement for a possible case of driving under the influence, it can lead to an arrest. The penalties for a DUI conviction are often harsh with the possibility of a driver’s license suspension, jail time, fines and...

Reckless driving in Virginia-it’s serious

When a person is facing a traffic infraction in Virginia they may not think it’s a big deal. I mean, everyone gets a ticket at some point in their driving career, right? Not all driving tickets are created equal and one such serious charge is reckless driving. What...

Attacking witness credibility may be key to your defense

There are a lot of aspects to a prosecutor’s case that must be executed with precision before a conviction can be obtained. Amongst them is compelling witness testimony. However, there’s much more to a witness’s testimony that what he or she says about the alleged...

A basic overview of drunk driving laws in Virginia

We often toast to the holidays with a drink. Whether it is a cocktail at a holiday party or a glass of champagne on New Year’s Eve, many people in Virginia will choose to celebrate the season with alcohol. However, it can be all-too-easy to overindulge, possibly...