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Sandra Kay Drewniak

DUI and DWI Attorney at Fairfax, VA

5.0   10 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 15 years
    Virginia - VA 15 years
    West Virginia - WV 16 years
    Indiana - IN 26 years
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State WV
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Inactive Attorney - Current No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State IN
    Acquired 1997
    Status
    Inactive In Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Sandra

Learn Sandra’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    50%
    Sandra Kay Drewniak is an experienced former prosecutor with years of trial experience. Prior to opening Furlong & Drewniak, PLLC., she was the chief of the criminal division at Bose Law Firm in Northern Virginia where she handled hundreds of criminal defense cases. Before becoming a criminal defense attorney, she prosecuted financial fraud, juvenile/child support matters, domestic violence, adult protective services, and other misdemeanors/felonies in state and federal courts.

    27 years

  2. Criminal defense
    35%
    Sandra Kay Drewniak is an experienced former prosecutor with years of trial experience. Prior to opening Furlong & Drewniak, PLLC., she was the chief of the criminal division at Bose Law Firm in Northern Virginia where she handled hundreds of criminal defense cases. Before becoming a criminal defense attorney, she prosecuted financial fraud, juvenile/child support matters, domestic violence, adult protective services, and other misdemeanors/felonies in state and federal courts.

    27 years

  3. Federal crime
    10%
    Attorney Drewniak served as Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA), prosecuting more than 300 misdemeanor offenses such as DUI, Reckless Driving, and traffic citations in United States Magistrate Court.

    24 years

  4. Military law
    5%
    Major Drewniak has provided defense services for more than 7,000 active duty U.S. military members; represented more than 250 clients facing administrative disciplinary actions and defended clients in more than 40 criminal trials. She is available for court martials internationally.

    24 years

Partner in aggressive Virginia and DC traffic and criminal defense firm composed exclusively of former law enforcement, including former police and prosecutor. The firm concentrates on providing powerful legal protections to clients in DUI, traffic, reckless driving, assault, sex crimes, Internet crimes, drugs, homicide and other cases. Our attorneys have represented White House personnel, politicians, celebrities, generals, CEOs, military, federal agents, executives, students, defense contractors, television stars, professional athletes, police and other lawyers who demand the very finest in legal protection. With over 20 years of combined courtroom experience, the attorneys of Furlong and Drewniak provide a powerful shield to protect your legal rights while examining every aspect of your case to review every available legal defense to maximize your outcome. With their unique police and prosecutor backgrounds, our attorneys provide our clients an insider’s view on police procedure, evidence collection, lab analysis, and how the government will prosecute the case. As former law enforcement professionals, our attorneys have been trained in DUI field sobriety tests, radar speed detection, forensic evidence, fingerprints, blood patterns, ballistics, sex crime reports, homicide investigation and more. The seasoned professionals at Furlong and Drewniak also handle a select number of civil cases that require our aggressive and forceful approach. The firm offers out-of-office appointments, flexible payment plans, after-hours emergency contact service and carefully safeguards your privacy. To keep up with demand the firm has expanded to offices in central and northern Virginia providing immediate coverage to all state, federal and military courts. 

Please call the Law Offices of Furlong & Drewniak for a free attorney consultation and to get your questions answered. 

DUI / DWI clients should call immediately to avoid missing important legal deadlines.

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Law Offices of Furlong & Drewniak, PLLC
10621 Jones Street.
Suite. 201-B
Fairfax, VA, 22030
Furlong & Drewniak, PLLC
16 Stafford Avenue
Stafford, VA, 22554
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Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2015
Beware prosecution, Sandra Drewniak is in town
Where do I even begin? My first time meeting Drewniak was when I was facing reckless driving charges as a minor. given court-based probation for 6 months and permanently expunged if I kept a clean sleet during that time. The next time I needed Drewniak's assistance was when I was being falsely accused of stealing a mustang and leaving it in front of my house (I am currently double-majoring in Chemistry and Math so I'm not that stupid). I was facing two felony grand larceny counts and one fell you count of grand theft auto. She told me that this was a clear cut case of racism (overplayed I know) and that the prosecution was basing my guiltiness by the color of my skin (typical in fairfax county). After months of the prosecution delaying the case for months, in the end, thanks to Drewniak's superb skills as an orator and attorney, I got the judge to not only drop all my charges, but to even apologize for the grievances and hardship this trial cost me. Let's cut to the chase lawyers are expensive. But if money is not the issue, then Drewniak is your women. I hope I never need to see her again, but if I ever need an attorney she is a contact on my phone for when I truly truly need her
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Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2014
Excellent criminal defense representation
Attorney Drewniak defended my daughter in a felony shoplifting case complicated by serious mental health issues. Sandra was strong, decisive, knowledgeable and open-minded. The outcome was the absolute best we could have hoped for and we believe we could not have made a better choice for our daughter's legal defense.
Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2013
Excellent lawyer
Words cannot describe how thankful I am for the excellent work demonstrated by Mrs. Sandra Drewniak, attorney at Furlong and Drewniak, PLLC. I have been represented twice by this firm, and on both occasions I received the same human touch needed for cases that involve criminal manners. On one occasion, my ex wife tried to set me up with a bogus domestic charge, which she used to manipulate the system and obtain benefits at different levels. I interviewed different lawyers and I was sold by the professionalism and knowledge demonstrated by both Mrs. Drewniak and Mr. Furlong. However, even though I was impressed by our first interview, it became apparent that they knew what they were doing and their timing was perfect. Before trial, they prepared the case carefully and during trial, their experience was just unmatched. It was evident that my ex was lying, not only by the facts, but how these facts were presented, and the truth came out. I was exonerated of any charge. On a second occasion, I was charged with drunk in public. To me, the charge was not only ridiculous, it was embarrassing given that I had been drinking at home and to the best of my knowledge, I was not drunk. Because of other details of the case, I was not willing to accept this charge. Other people just want to pay the fine and get over it. However, it was not my case. Mrs. Drewniak understood the case and with great tact and negotiation skills was able to get this charge dismissed. I highly recommend Mrs. Drewniak and Mr. Furlong, they are honest, compassionate, professional and strong-minded lawyers that will represent your best interest. You cannot be in better hands.
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Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2012
A trustworthy professional who doesnt stop working for you..
I found it relieving to be able to read positive reviews about her on this website. Sandra gave me a free initial consultation and offered to take my case under a one time low flat rate. A key point with this is that during this dark time in my life I was not concerned much with price. I wanted to find someone I could simply pay a lot of money to have the situation "taken care of". A flat rate scared me because I thought that once the lawyer was paid, then they would most likely care less about the outcome... I wanted them to have some sort of incentive... However, Sandra made me feel comfortable about the situation from the beginning. She gave me some possible general outcomes from previous encounters and led me in the right direction from the get go. This combined with her military career; persuaded me to hire her. I am in the military and live in a completely different state, so Sandra understood a lot of things about my life without me needing to explain them. Now, if you have found yourself in trouble in Northern Virginia / DC... you may already know that your outlook is already not so good. This area is unforgiving with criminal and traffic violations. This is NOT a small town where everybody knows everybody, and "Fast Eddie" can get your DUI downgraded to a Saturday driving class without you even going to court. HERE you are looking at maximum punishments for even the smallest of offenses. This is where Sandra comes in to the picture. She is quick to formulate a game plan and is flexible if changes arise in the situation. She works in these courtrooms every single day. She was instrumental in negotiating a plea deal that I was satisfied with, and continued fighting for me after the court date making my life much easier. She is always looking out for her clients best interests. If you have a semi Unique Criminal Defense case: Call Sandra - This was what I went through and Sandra did an awesome job going through conventional and unconventional channels to get the job done. If you have a straight forward case (DUI etc.): Call Sandra - She is awesome at working with the Commonwealth and negotiating a plea in your favor. Specifically I was picked up on three over the top charges after a night out with friends in DC. As soon as I got out of Jail I called Sandra after being referred to her. She gave me piece of mind about the situation and already began telling me about things I needed to do for my case (before she received payment). She accompanied me to my arraignment later that week and continued to give me guidance and counsel. Over the phone I probably annoyed her by constantly calling her simply to hear her tell me I wasn't going to go to jail. I would war game ideas via text to her phone and she was awesome the whole time (even if she was annoyed on the inside). We finally went into court with a solid game plan to entertain a plea deal or continue the case in order for us to bring witnesses in to trial. Sandra negotiated a plea that I was satisfied with and accepted (under No Contest). I sometimes slightly regret taking the plea deal simply because now there is something on my record and I really didn't do anything wrong... but as this is northern Virginia.. if we did take it to trail and The Judge and Jury were having a bad day and didn't see things my way.. Well I could be behind bars.. Taking the plea was not on Sandra, it was my choice. Sandra actually wanted to continue the case and keep fighting. I just hated not being able to eat or sleep every day thinking about what could happen..so I ended it there. If I face legal troubles ever again in my future (although I have no intentions in doing so), I will call her first no matter the circumstance.
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Posted by A. | June 27, 2012
Excellent, effective representation for Reckless Driving
Ms. Drewniak and her staff made an otherwise very stressful set of circumstances a lot easier to handle, and secured a 0-point result for me in a Reckless Driving situation where there was potentially a lot at stake. The paralegal with whom I shared most of my correspondence was extremely responsive, answering emails within a few hours even on weekends, and any questions I had beyond the mundane procedural sort were run through Ms. Drewniak to ensure I'd get the best legal advice. Even though I only retained the firm about 10 days before my trial, they made sure I was prepared with all the necessary documents in time, and guided me through all the preparatory pre-trial steps. The day of the trial went smoothly, with a very successful plea despite initial misgivings over the DA and whether he would be willing to offer a fair deal. Ms. Drewniak made it clear she'd be willing to continue the case if a desirable result couldn't be achieved on the first day, but in the end that wasn't necessary. I now keep Ms. Drewniak's card in my wallet at all times, and would not hesitate to call her if ever I need legal services in the future.
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Posted by Bill | March 5, 2012
Knowledgeable and Responsive
I was charged with reckless driving on Dulles Toll road in Fairfax County Viriginia. The worst state, the worst county and the worst road to get caught speeding. Saundra gave me excellent advice to prepare myself for the prosecution, all of which I followed. Then on the date of my first court appearance when the prosecutor didn't want to negotiate she continued my case for another time in which she was able to negotiate a great plea agreement. All for a flat fee. This means when she recommended I continue the case she was working against her own economic interests!
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Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2011
Reckless Driving (85 in a 65)
Sandra did a wonderful job. She told me all about what to do in order to prepare myself for the case. I was able to take all of the steps and get all of the charges dropped. I only had to take a driving class and that was it.
Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2011
I Highly Recommend Sandra
I Highly Recommend Sandra for her superb legal services that comes with all the professional trustworthiness, responsiveness, knowledge, loving care and excellence of professionalism. I hope I will Never have a need for a lawyer again. However, should an unforeseen need arise when I will need an Attorney to represent me Sandra will definitely be the FIRST Attorney that I will contact and ask for her legal advice and to represent me. I have complete Trust and Faith in her Superior Abilities to represent me and the best way possible. Thank you.
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Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2011
An Angelic Angel
Sandra is an Angelic Angel with all the skills, knowledge, character, warm loving personality, superb professionalism and starlet amazing performances. Sandra is an excellent superb lawyer and I will highly recommend her to anyone who may have a need for her professional legal assistance.
Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2011
Excellent Level of Service
My husband and I were extremely pleased and impressed with the level of service you provided us, and most of all with the results we obtained which met our expectations of resolving our legal matters in a positive and expeditious manner.
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AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Furlong & Drewniak, PLLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Major/ ANG
  • JFHQ DC
  • 2005 - Present
  • Chief Criminal Division
  • BLF
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Law Clerk/Attorney
  • Law Office of Eric Papp
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Special Assistant United States Attorney
  • United States Attorney's Office
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Assistant Judge Advocate General
  • United States Air Force
  • 2000 - 2004
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Clark County Prosecutor's Office
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Morgan County Prosecutor's Office
  • 1996 - 1998
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Education

  • Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington
  • 1997
  • Regent University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • University of Louisville
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Inns of Court
  • 1997 - 2000

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Who's Who of Executives, Professionals, and Entrepreneurs
  • Cambridge
  • 2010
  • Commendation Medal
  • United States Army
  • 2005
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • United States Air Force
  • 2005
  • Achievement Medal
  • United States Air Force
  • 2004
  • Commendation Medal
  • United States Air Force
  • 2003
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • United States Air Force
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • Private Investigator Training Course
  • Legal Issues for Private Investigators
  • 2011
  • Paralegal Course
  • Trial Practice
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (7)
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Criminal defense Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sandra is a top-flight attorney who fights passionately for her clients. She is smart, experienced and highly respected by her peers. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Drewniak is a very well-respected attorney. She truly cares about her clients and is very knowledgeable about the law. She is very approachable and takes the time to make sure that her clients understand all aspects of their case."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Drewniak is a skilled and passionate lawyer. Her experience and ability to aggressively defend her clients makes her an invaluable advocate. I would highly recommend her to any client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Drewniak is a smart and dedicated attorney. It is always a pleasure to discuss fact patterns and defense strategies with her. She fights hard and gets great results for her clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sandra is a top notch trial lawyer. She defends the Constitutional rights of her clients and advocates for justice. She is highly respected by her fellow lawyers."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sandra is a dedicated and professional attorney who is committed to defending her clients zealously and with integrity. She is respected nationwide by her peers. I highly recommend her!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sandra is an excellent attorney and a wonderful person. She is tenacious, creative, dedicated, and always looking for the best result for her client. She has been nationally recognized in the area of DUI defense. I highly recommend her."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sandra is a force to be reckoned with inside the courtroom. One of the few true DUI warriors in Virginia, Sandra's experience and skill set her a part from the pack. I would recommend her services to anyone who needed a zealous advocate in her neck of the woods."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Virginia has a slew of amazing DUI defense attorneys. But, Sandra stands out even among amazing DUI defense attorneys. She has the skills and knowledge needed to aggressively and successfully defend DUI cases. I whole-heartedly recommend her services."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sandra is an excellent attorney. She has an outstanding reputation with other attorneys nationwide. I would highly recommend her."
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