|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Who's Who Among Rising Young Americans||Who's Who Legal||1992|
|Law Review||Western State University of Law, Fullerton||1985|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc.||1989 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National College of DUI Defense||Regent||2011 - Present|
|California Attorneys for Criminal Justice||Sustaining Member||2005 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2003 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||1989 - Present|
|Orange County Bar Association||Member||1989 - Present|
|National College of DUI Defense||Sustaining Member||2003 - 2011|
|West Orange County Bar Association||President||2000 - 2002|
|Orange County Bar Association||Board of Directors||2000 - 2003|
|Manning v. Department of Motor Vehicles||Drivers License Reinstated with Precedent|
|See all legal cases|
|Garcia v. San Antonio Metropolitan Transit Authority||Is the Political Process a Sufficient Safeguard to State Autonomy?||N/A|
|National College for DUI Defense, Inc.||N/A||Certificate programs||2005|
|Western State University||Law||Juris Doctor||1988|
|Northern Arizona University||ABA Accredited Paralegal Studies||Bachelor of Science||1982|
|NCDD Summer Session Boston, MA||First Person Opening Statement||2011|
|CPDA DUI Defense Practice||DMV Issues on DUI Cases||2011|
|WOCBA Meeting||Legal Updates for DUI's and DMV hearings||2010|
|Ridin' Dirty Radio Show||Weekly discussions via talk radio||2009|
|Orange County Women Lawyers Luncheon||Nuts and Bolts of a DUI Case||2009|
|CPDA Annual DUI Seminar||Department of Motor Vehicles Hearings||2007|
|CACJ Rules of the Road||Department of Motor Vehicles Hearings||2007|
|WOCBA Could It Happen to You?||What to Know When Handling or Facing a DUI and DMV Hearing||2005|
|Chapman Law School||Driving Under the Influence "A Primer"||2004|
|Monthly Meetings||Department of Motor Vehicles, Yes Virginia You Can Win These Things!||2003|
|CDLA A Unique Approach to DMV Hearings||How to Take on the DMV and Win||2003|
|OCBA Bridging the Gap||Driving Under the Influence and DMV Administrative Per Se Hearings||2002|
|OC Paralegal Advisements||Driving Under the Influence and DMV Administrative Per Se Hearings||2001|
|2001 Annual Meeting of the California State Bar||Deuce-A-Rama, Steering Clear When Representing the DUI Client||2001|
Posted by Drew
In July of 2014, as a 22 year old, I was arrested and charged, unjustly, with a DUI. This was my second DUI arrest, which is obviously a potentially serious and definitely stressful, situation for most to encounter. My first DUI arrest was four years prior, in July 2010, which I was later convicted for in February of 2011. I fulfilled all court requirements for that conviction, and learned my lesson thoroughly. My second DUI arrest happened in July 2014 and was not filed against me until December of 2014. I researched various DUI lawyers following my arrest, and consulted with multiple lawyers regarding my case. I decided to hire Virginia's firm after my consultations, and I must say I was fully satisfied with their thoughtful care in handling my case from start to finish.
To expand on details in regards to my case, I was charged with a combination DUI, which includes drug impairment in combination with alcohol. The drug I was accused to be impaired by was marijuana, upon which I learned, through Virginia's expertise, that there are two levels of usage detection which are examined. The two levels of usage detection consist of: (1.) inactive marijuana chemical presence, & (2.) active marijuana chemical presence. Inactive chemical presence is considered long-term chemical presence, and does not, by itself, classify a user as currently impaired. Active chemical presence, on the other hand, can classify a marijuana user as "impaired," or "intoxicated." My blood results showed both inactive and active levels of marijuana chemicals, therefore, I was considered to be driving while "intoxicated." My BAC level was just .04, which is under the legal limit to drive, but my active marijuana chemicals in combination with those minimal alcohol levels, were what enabled the prosecution to categorize me as a "DUI."
The major issue was that I never actually drove my car, but since I was technically behind the wheel of the car while the engine was running, at the time of the CHP officer's intervention, I was able to be legally classified as the driver of the car. I never intentionally moved the car, I only switched seats from the passenger's seat into the driver's seat, while the initial driver who caused the CHP to follow and stop my car, did the opposite (switched out of the driver's seat and into the passenger's seat).
The real, true driver was given a driving citation for driving my car without an active driver's license. Since she was obviously the driver, and I only rode along as passenger, and switched into the driver's seat only after the initial driver's hysterical demand for me to switch seats with her, following our being pulled over, I had an optimistic place to begin my case in court. My lawyer (Virginia) essentially argued that I was never the driver of the vehicle, and took the stance that I was merely "defending my property," which is typically seen as an acceptable defense in court. She filed motions to suppress evidence, which essentially prevents the prosecution from using any evidence against me, that was obtained after we were stopped by the CHP. I was argued to have never been the "driver" of the car, and therefore, I could not have been charged with any driving offenses.
Virginia handled all of my court appearances, with exception of the final appearance, in which I was required to appear in front of the judge. In this appearance, the Orange County District Attorney agreed to dismiss my charges altogether.
At this point, in June 2015, all my worries disappeared, and I was able to carry on about my life without any worries of legal troubles. I was fully satisfied with Virginia's handling of my case, and highly recommend this experienced attorney to anyone facing DUI charges, or other various criminal charges. She has a wealth of successful experience in the industry, and should be at the top of your list if you're in the market for a defense lawyer.
Posted by Michael
The Law Offices of Virgina L. Landry is the best. They got me out of jail on what's called the "ScramX" program, which is basically home confinement plus alcohol monitoring, which I believe is going to save my life. I'm 25 years old and got my third D.U.I. From the moment I retained their services, they made me feel comfortable and confident that everything was going to be all right. Given my circumstances this was a massive feat. They answered all my collect calls from jail and went above and beyond what I expected. In the courtroom they fought as hard as they had to to get the best deal for me and they succeeded in doing so. I would still be sitting in jail for a long long time if it weren't for them. My gratitude to them is never ending. Thank you so much.
Posted by anonymous
I contacted many lawyers during my initial research. My issue was a regulatory DMV matter, with which I got responses ranging from no return-calls to quick hang-ups. When I called Virginia Landry, she treated me like I was the most important call of the day. She listened carefully and respectfully, and then gave her straight forward opinion and input on my case. Her knowledge was very impressive and hit on all the points that I was concerned with. I highly recommend calling her.
Susan Hartman, DUI and DWI Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Ms. Landry is a very respected lawyer. She stays current on the law by attending numerous seminars, and she uses that knowledge to effectively advocate for her clients in court. You are in great hands if you retain her for your matter. I endorse this lawyer.
Arya Saleh, DUI and DWI Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Virginia is a leader in the legal community and is very well-respected by judges, prosecutors and fellow counsel. She possesses advanced knowledge in DUI defense, and leverages her depth of experience, trial skills, and consummate reputation to consistently deliver fantastic results for her clients. I strongly recommend her!
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