Video Transcripts - Mark B. Arthur, PC

Should I answer questions or give a statement to the police? Answer: Once you come under investigation by the police, should you make a statement? Generally, I tell my clients to be polite to the police but do not make a statement regarding the case. Only after calming down and talking to me should you even consider going back and talking to the police. One well thought out statement or no statement is more than enough. Additionally, never take a polygraph. They are not admissible in court and the pre-test and post-test conversations are admissible against you even like an interrogation. I'm attorney Mark Arthur. I practice criminal law and family law here in Lynchburg and in central Virginia.

Since I took the breath test, is it possible to fight my case? Answer: Since you've taken the breath test, can you still fight your DUI? Yes. A good DUI defense occurs at one of three points in your case: the stop, the arrest, and the breath test. I will look at why did the police stop your car. I will look at what factors led the police to believe you were intoxicated. And lastly, I will look at the breath test and the circumstances surrounding that test. 1/3 of the defenses in a DUI involves the breath test. I will do an investigation and ensure you get the best outcome possible in your case. I'm attorney Mark Arthur. I practice criminal law and family law here in Lynchburg and in central Virginia.

I'm often asked should I take the breath test? Answer: Under Virginia law, you are required to take the breath test if you are driving on the highways of the Commonwealth and suspected of a DUI. If you don't take the test, you are going to be charged with what is called refusal and you will have to walk for an entire year. However, an experienced attorney can do a thorough investigation and ensure that the refusal has the least impact possible on your driving privileges. I'm attorney Mark Arthur. I practice criminal law and family law here in Lynchburg and in central Virginia.

I understand that every person that walks through the door has an individual case that is different from any case I have ever handled. Each individual has different goals in a divorce and will require a different approach. My staff and I will do everything we can to ensure that every question is answered and no avenues ignored. In the end, you will be satisfied with the outcome of your case because you will be involved in that outcome from beginning to end. I'm attorney Mark Arthur. I practice criminal law and family law here in Lynchburg and in central Virginia.

What are the consequences of a DUI? Answer: The consequences of a DUI are both short and long term. In the short term, you've got jail time, fines, and a license suspension. And depending on your blood alcohol level, there could be mandatory jail time. Long term consequences include having to complete the Virginia Action Safety Plan or VASAP and having to have an ignition interlock on your car for a maximum of 12 months. I will do a thorough investigation of your case to ensure that we minimize the punishments and maximize the leniency that the court can give you in your case. I'm attorney Mark Arthur. I practice criminal law and family law here in Lynchburg and in central Virginia.

What experience do you have: Answer: My experience in defending those charged with a DUI started right out of UVA Law School. I worked as a prosecutor in Lynchburg for 4 years and handled every type of case from a simple first offense to involuntary man slaughter. Since coming into private practice over 15 years ago, I have built upon that experience. I understand that each case is an individual case and each one is different. My experience in investigating and trying DUIs ensures that each client feels that their case was handled properly and professionally. I'm attorney Mark Arthur. I practice criminal law and family law here in Lynchburg and in central Virginia.

A message to parents: Answer: I am attorney Mark Arthur with more than 18 years of experience representing college students from Lynchburg College, Liberty University, Randolph College, Sweet Briar College, Virginia Military Institute, and Washington & Lee University. As a parent myself, I understand the unique challenges in representing college students. As your child's lawyer, I will do everything to ensure their future. You have made a significant investment in your child's education and more importantly, you do not want a blotch on your child's record that will create roadblocks in the future. I will take the defense of your child seriously and keep you informed every step of the way. I'm attorney Mark Arthur. I practice criminal law and family law here in Lynchburg and in central Virginia.

Should I hire an attorney for my criminal case? Answer: I generally tell everyone that if you can afford an attorney, you should have one. You will not be able to investigate your case fully nor talk to the commonwealth's attorney to get the best outcome possible. Guilty or not guilty are not the only two outcomes in a case. There are many outcomes in between those: jail time vs. no jail time, misdemeanor vs felony, how much restitution do you have to pay and how long do you have to pay it. My experience will help you explore every possible outcome and get the one that works best for you. I'm attorney Mark Arthur. I practice criminal law and family law here in Lynchburg and in central Virginia.

Who gets custody? Answer: Shared custody or primary physical custody to one parent is always an issue when a marriage or relationship ends. The best interest of the child is the standard the court will use in deciding where the child or children will go. Generally, the court will assume equal time with each parent is in the best interest of the child. However, unusual circumstances such as living in different school districts or having unusual work hours can sway the judge in one direction or the other. Presenting the best possible case for my clients has gotten them the most time possible with their children. I'm attorney Mark Arthur. I practice criminal law and family law here in Lynchburg and in central Virginia.

Why an attorney: Answer: If you are charged with a crime, representing yourself is the equivalent to a guilty plea. You'll never know all the facts of your case. You'll never know if you have a viable defense. I will do a thorough investigation of your case, I'll talk to the commonwealth attorney, and I will know if there is a viable defense and we will be able to work things out so this has the least impact possible on the rest of your life. I'm attorney Mark Arthur. I practice criminal law and family law here in Lynchburg and in central Virginia.