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Client Reviews

  • “Not knowing the first thing about hiring an attorney for an unexpected personal situation, a friend referred me to William Conners. From the very beginning, I felt very confident he would make sure that all negotiations and decisions made would benefit me and my daughter. Will has been very professional and caring and I cannot thank him enough.”

    A. S.
  • ” William Conners represented me in my divorce which was complicated by the fact that my ex-wife and I owned several successful businesses together. I have used many attorneys in the past. Will’s performance was exemplary and many, many steps ahead in legal skill, strategy, preparation and sophistication. My goals were more than met (and then some) and I ended up with the businesses! I can wholeheartedly recommend him.”

    D.R.
  • “I was mired in a contentious divorce that had spiraled out of control through nightmarish claims that were chilling in their seriousness. While struggling to deal with the emotional turmoil of a marriage that was over, I was facing bleak options that realistically included losing my job, my children, and even my freedom. Through Mr. Conners’ skilled counsel I came through the nightmare with my family and my future intact – defeating the false charges, successfully resolving the marital dispute, and keeping custody of my children. I have no doubt that without his expert handling of my case things would have turned out very differently indeed, and for that I am forever grateful. Thank you for giving me back my future!”

    D. G.
  • “A few of the initial things that impressed me about Will and his staff were their accessibility, promptness in responding to my requests and thorough explanation of the answers to my questions. I appreciated Will’s approach to giving me options and recommendations, and then he let me have a say in the decisions regarding the direction of my divorce case. Throughout the process, Will’s priorities remained focused on preparing my case to win in court if a fair settlement could not be reached and minimizing financial consequences without expensive legal posturing. He was my expert legal counsel and a part-time coach that knew how to motivate me and help me get through it. Will and his staff genuinely cared about the emotional and financial toll that the divorce was exacting on me. Without hesitation, I recommend William Conners for his expertise in Family Law matters and his compassion for the person he represents.”

    C.K.
  • “My divorce featured all the most difficult aspects including a vindictive spouse willing to do and say anything to destroy me and exclude my role in our children’s lives. No matter how difficult the situation though, Will Conners provided devoted and professional representation. He took the time and interest to understand my dynamic and craft a strategy that unveiled my spouses’ false vendetta, preserved the relationship between me and my children and protected my financial interests. I count myself fortunate to have had Will as my attorney and wholeheartedly recommend him.”

    P.B.
  • “I came to see William R.F. Conners for a divorce and to work out custody issues for my 5 year old son. I was very impressed with my first and subsequent visits to see Mr. Conners. I always felt that kindness was a given, my case was given the attention and professionalism it deserved, with particular emphasis on the welfare of my son and the staff was always courteous and helpful. Mr. Conners worked very hard on my case and always returned my calls in a timely manner. I highly recommend William R.F. Conners to anyone who needs a lawyer who makes you feel like your case is the most important one that he has.”

    C.O.
  • “As a commercial airplane pilot, a clean driving record is essential to my career. When I was charged by a Virginia state trooper with misdemeanor Reckless Driving by speed on radar (90 mph in a 55 mph zone), I was facing potential jail time, huge fines and a suspension of my privilege to drive. If convicted, I would have had to report the conviction to the FAA and faced potential suspension of my pilot’s license. The stakes were high and I turned to Attorney William Conners for help. Attorney Conners used his knowledge of traffic law and regulations to fight for me at trial and we won with the charge being totally DISMISSED without my even having to testify! If you need legal representation for a serious traffic charge, call Attorney Conners and experience what it really means to have someone on your side.”

    L.A.
  • “Charged with a clear “no win” 3rd Felony DUI, I was facing a dark future. I was destined to be a felon with no right to drive for 10 years and a jail sentence of 6 months to 5 years! Add my life threatening health problems and the situation could not have been worse. However, my prayers were answered and Attorney Will Conners succeeded in getting the charge greatly reduced with minimal consequences. I served less than 1 day in jail after my court hearing which I consider a miracle. I am so grateful for Will’s intelligence, loyalty and kindness. He made a profound difference in my life and I will never forget what he did to help me.”

    S.A.
  • “I am extremely pleased that I chose William R. F. Conners as my attorney for my criminal case. After interviewing several Loudoun County attorneys, I found Mr. Conner’s fee to be by far the best, his personality to be friendly, and his accessibility to be superior. Most of all, Mr. Conners went above and beyond what I expected by putting in numerous unexpected hours and doing an astounding job arguing against the prosecutor. As a result of his hard work and courtroom savvy, my charge was reduced beyond what was expected. I highly recommend William Conners for any of your legal needs.”

    C. P.
  • “After I was involved in a terrible car accident, I had no idea what to do. How do I handle the insurance questions, medical bills, lost time from work? Knowing I couldn’t, and shouldn’t, take this task on myself, I found Mr. Conners law firm thru an internet search. Shortly after completing the on line questionnaire from his website, I received a phone call from Mr. Conners. He was very polite, offered to meet and discuss my case. At the first meeting he made me feel comfortable. Will was always very prompt to answer any questions I had, both email and when I called the office; we even talked on the weekends. I had total faith that he had my best interest in making decisions and recommendations needed to resolve my case. I would recommend his services to any of my friends and family. “

    T.M.
  • “As recent immigrants to the U.S. we have been completely unprepared for dealing with the consequences of obvious negligence my wife encountered during one fateful visit to her new OB/GYN doctor. It was only due to the timely interference of more competent physicians and sheer luck we have been able to avoid permanent damage to her health. On our friends’ recommendation we asked the “Law Office of William R. F. Conners, P.C” to take up our personal injury suit, and through all the stages the firm provided us with the top-rate legal advice. In the end it was solely thanks to their persistence and professionalism that we have been able to arrive to a mutually acceptable settlement of our case. Our special kudos go to Mr. William Conners for his sharp legal acumen and personal dedication.”

    A.C. & I.C.
  • “The injuries I suffered in a car crash were severe and permanent. The extent to which Will prepared my case was extraordinary. Will Conners is the lawyer to call if you have been involved in a motor vehicle collision and suffered personal injury.”

    W.E.
  • “How do you thank someone who took a very frustrating situation and turned it into success! Even after being threatened with a “Contempt of Court” citation my ex-husband stopped support payments. I was told I could garnish his social security payments but that led to one phone call after another to government offices and no solution. I finally found Will and he told me to stop worrying that he would take care of everything. He did just that by following through and taking my ex to court. After back-and-forth coversations I received all of my past due support payments plus attorney’s fees and court costs without going before a judge. There aren’t enough thanks or praise for such a dedicated and caring attorney.”

    D.R.
  • “Will handled my family law case in the 2009-2011 time frame, and was instrumental in helping me achieve a desired result – and avoiding costly litigation. He was very familiar with law specifically applicable to my case, and was highly familiar with the opposing counsels tactics & tendencies. Will managed my case efficieintly and also helped me to do much of my own documentation (hence saving costs). I would be happy to recommend him in the area of family law. He’s a highly ethical counselor, with excellent knowledge of applicable law to divorce cases, and provided me good guidance on my case. Highly recommend.”

    J. C.
  • Nowadays, it is somewhat of a challenge to go through life without the need of an attorney. Should the need arise for a competent attorney to handle one’s legal affairs, I strongly recommend Will Conners. Will has handled a few of our family cases, including personal injury, family law and business transactions. His competency level in handling our cases was above and beyond any other attorney’s I have seen. Will has an extremely keen eye for details and always puts the client’s interest on a priority level. In a nutshell, Will is THE attorney our family turns to when any need arises for legal advice or representation. I would highly recommend Will. In my humble opinion, he is the best!”

    A. H.
  • I hired Will to represent me in a difficult divorce case. He did an absolute excellent job making sure my interests were looked after. It was a difficult time for me with an wife that had some personal issues. In the end Will made sure I did what needed to be done to protect myself but showed compassion for the woman I was divorcing without ever sacrificing my personal interests. I would employ his services again for any legal issues, which I hope there will be none, in a heartbeat!!! Rating would be 4.5 “

    K.A.
  • Attorney Will Connors helped me in filing an accident lawsuit against a drunk driver. Although it took a while for Will and his staff to reach the settlement which I desired, they were with me and my case every step of the way, keeping me fully informed and in the loop on every step of the process. They were most professional in every way, and I am one hundred percent pleased at having chosen Will to be my attorney on this issue. I would recommend Will and his firm without reservation.”

    T.P.
  •  Will has been a pleasure to work with during a difficult child custody battle. He has been almost always available, always on top of circumstances, provided very good counsel, quickly assimilated my issues without excessive dialogue and exhibited great flexibility under changing circumstances. While legal services don’t come cheap, his ability to quickly comprehend my issues probably netted a savings.”

    J.A.
  • Will Conners has been my lawyer for several years and has guided me through some difficult family law situations that occurred as a result of a divorce. His patience and ability to schedule and meet appointments and court appearances have been amazing. He was even able to formulate a plan to handle the final details of my case which is proving to be the best course of action. He has always been there for me when I needed him.”

    D.A.
  • I hired Will to represent me in an arduous divorce case knotted with a complicated financial scenario, and troublesome spousal support battle. Will and his staff’s unending commitment, and patience quickly sorted through my retired military and executive careers, disabled veteran entitlements, and the best interest of the children amidst an emotionally overbearing ex-spouse. My case rapidly spiraled from separation to divorce in under one year. His steadfast professionalism and goodness guided me through a toxic situation that protects both my finances and the children. I can’t thank Will and his staff enough.
    V.M.

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Notice: The client quotations above are not to be construed to guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case undertaken by any attorney of the Law Office of William R.F. Conners, P.C. Each case result depends upon a variety of factors unique to each case and client.

Law Office of William R.F. Conners, P.C.- DUI/DWI Information Center

Leesburg/Loudoun Driving Under the Influence/DUI or DWI? Read below for free info and then call us at 703-777-6106. Our lawyers know how to protect you from jail, loss of license and more.

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Charged with Drunk driving, DUI/DWI charges? You need a Leesburg lawyer who knows the law, the Leesburg and Loudoun County Virginia Court system, and the policies of the local prosecutor’s office. Attorney William R. F. Conners has represented many Drunk Driving, DUI/DWI clients who can attest to his legal knowledge, court room skills and dedication.

The right law firm and lawyer can make the difference.

Click here and read what just a few clients say about us.

You have many questions during this difficult time about your DUI charges.

We have the answers. After reading the FAQs below, contact the Law Office of William R.F. Conners, P.C., to arrange a no fee DUI/DWI Consultation to learn more and preserve your rights.

(Q) What must the Commonwealth prove for conviction of DUI/DWI?
(A) DUI charges and DWI charges are brought pursuant to Va. Code 18.2-266. DUIs are classified as a Class 1 misdemeanor crime. The Commonwealth bears the burden to prove that the defendant (1) operated a vehicle while the defendant’s blood alcohol content (BAC) was .08 or greater or, (2) operated a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

(Q) What are the penalties for a DUI/DWI conviction?
(A) Effective legal representation is essential to protect your rights. Potential and mandatory penalties for a DUI are extensive and increase in severity with respect to repeat offenders, aggravating circumstances, and heightened blood alcohol content.

First Offense

  • Jail of up to 12 months authorized.
  • 12 months loss of license-restricted license permitted in certain circumstances.
  • Court fine of $250-$2500 plus court costs.
  • If BAC was .15 or greater-mandatory jail of 5 days.
  • If BAC was more than .20-add 10 days of mandatory jail time.
  • Ignition interlock device required as condition of restricted license.
  • Required probation and participation in ASAP as we’ll as attendance at Victim Impact Panel.

Second Offense (w/in 5 years of First Offense)

  • Jail term of 1 to 12 months.
  • Mandatory jail term of 20 days. (10 days mandatory jail term if w/in 5-10 years of First Offense)
  • Loss of license for 3 years-restricted license permitted after 1 year and subject to requirements. (4 months if w/in 5-10 years of First Offense)
  • Court fine of $500-$2500 plus court costs.
  • If BAC was .15 or more-add 10 days of mandatory jail time.
  • If BAC .20 or more-add 20 days of mandatory jail time.
  • Installation of ignition interlock device required as condition of restricted license.
  • Required probation and participation in ASAP as we’ll as attendance at Victim Impact Panel.

Third Offense (w/in 5 years of First/Second Offense)

  • Felony classification.
  • Jail of up to 5 years authorized.
  • Mandatory jail term of 180 days. (90 day mandatory jail term if 5-10 years from prior offense).
  • Loss of license for 5 years-restricted license not permitted.
  • Court fine of $1,000-$2500 plus court costs.
  • State may seize vehicle. (w/in 10 years of prior offense)
  • Persons convicted of 3 DUI offenses w/in 5 years refused bail if charged with any subsequent crime.

Fourth Offense (w/in 10 years)

  • Felony classification.
  • Jail of up to 5 years authorized.
  • Mandatory jail term of 12 months.
  • Loss of license for 3 years-restricted license not permitted.
  • Court fine of $1,000-$2500 plus court costs.
  • Vehicle seizure, and forfeiture of same, permitted.

(Q) My friend was convicted of a “first time driving while intoxicated charge” in another county and served no time in jail. Can I expect the same outcome with my case pending before the Leesburg & Loudoun County, Virginia courts?
(A) Each DUI/DWI case is unique. Generally, many aspects come into play including the policies of specific prosecutor’s office (as well as prosecutors), the facts of the DUI/DWI, the discretion of the specific judge presiding over your case and the input/position of the law enforcement office involved. Specifically, the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office (as a matter of policy) usually seeks active jail time even on a first time driving under the influence charge (even where the accused has a spotless record). However, in a worst case scenario, we have been successful in negotiating community service in lieu of active jail time.

(Q) Other than penalties provided by law, what are the other consequences of a DUI/DWI conviction?
(A) Beyond limiting criminal exposure, the importance of effective legal representation includes the management of other potential consequences of conviction. In addition to criminal sanctions, a DUI conviction imposes harsh consequences including: A 2004 study concluded that a DUI/DWI conviction costs a defendant up to $20,000 over their life in the form of increased insurance premiums and other fees. Virginia DMV will also assess points to your record (-6) for a DUI conviction. A DUI conviction will result in the suspension or revocation of driving privileges, and mandated participation in an alcohol education program. Many employers will refuse to hire someone who has been convicted of a DUI or will terminate existing employment. And, a conviction of DUI can lead to the loss of a federal government security clearance.

(Q) What is an “ignition interlock” device?
(A) An ignition interlock is a device attached to the vehicles mechanical system which prevents the car from being started without the driver providing a sample of breath devoid of any alcohol. The device will monitor and report failed attempts to start the vehicle. Defendants convicted of driving under the influence charges must have them installed on the vehicle they own as a matter of state law. Also, in certain circumstances, Leesburg and Loudoun judges often require the installation of such devices as a condition of granting restricted driving privileges even when a driving under the influence charges charge is reduced to a lesser charge.

(Q) What will your office do to defend me?
(A) At the Law Office of William R.F. Conners, P.C., we will:

  • Engage in an extensive consultation with you to review your arrest.
  • Examine every aspect of your arrest for defects in process.
  • Analyze the constitutional aspects of your stop.
  • Analyze all relevant legal documents to ensure compliance with the law.
  • Secure your breath/blood test results from the Commonwealth’s forensics laboratory and ensure that the test is properly provided as required by law.
  • Consult as appropriate with a toxicologist (free of charge to client) to review the breath/blood test results and identify flaws in same.
  • Ensure that the breath/blood test was properly administered (technically and legally).
  • Secure evidence in the Commonwealth’s possession which may be used against you.
  • Review and analyze whether the law enforcement officer properly tested you.
  • Determine the defenses available to you.
  • Determine opportunities for dismissal of the charge.
  • Determine opportunities for mitigation of the charge.
  • Discuss your legal rights and options with you.
  • Prepare your case for trial.
  • Negotiate on your behalf with the Commonwealth to minimize penalties.
  • Aggressively and diligently fight for you at trial. Please note that the aforementioned merely recites some elements of our defense. During our consultation, we discuss others.

(Q) Why is it important to be represented by an attorney?
(A) DUI charges are serious, criminal matters that can have far reaching effects on many aspects of life, work and family. The Commonwealth has almost unlimited resources which they will use against you. Only an attorney skilled in DUI legal procedure, trial strategy, and DUI, constitutional, and criminal law can level the playing field to fight for and protect your rights. Such an attorney has the knowledge necessary to win a dismissal of the charge or limit your exposure to sanctions. The high stakes nature of DUI charges demand effective, aggressive, and skilled legal representation.

(Q) What benefits can the Law Office of William R.F. Conners, P.C., provide as a Leesburg and Loudoun County based DUI/DWI law firm?
(A) At the Law Office of William R.F. Conners, P.C., we almost exclusively base our DUI/DWI representation in Leesburg and Loudoun County, Virginia. We pride ourselves on our detailed knowledge of the philosophies, thought processes and positions of the various courts, individuals, prosecutors, officers, and entities involved in Leesburg/Loudoun DUI/DWI cases. We leverage our in-depth experience and familiarity to give you advice and representation tailored to your local driving under the influence case.

(Q) What legal fees are involved?
(A) In DUI/DWI matters, the Law Office of William R.F. Conners, P.C., charges for legal services by flat fee. Visa/MasterCard accepted. Contact the Law Office of William R. F. Conners, P.C. for assistance with your Drunk Driving, DUI/DWI or other Criminal Defense matter. Consultations offered by appointment • Credit cards accepted

Consultations offered by appointment • Credit cards accepted • No cost consultation for DWI/DUI case consultation

DISCLAIMER: This site and any information contained herein is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Seek competent legal counsel for advice on any legal matter.

The Law Office of William R.F. Conners, P.C. in Leesburg, Virginia serves the cities of Chantilly, Fairfax, Herndon, Leesburg, Middleburg, Reston, and Vienna, Sterling, Ashburn and Purcellville, as well as all communities in Loudoun County and Fairfax County, Virginia.