Burlington DUI Lawyer
Burlington Vermont DUI Lawyer
Jason J. Sawyer
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Burlington Vermont DUI Lawyer - Jason J. Sawyer
110 Main St. #3a
Burlington, VT 05401
- Chittenden County, VT
- Franklin County, VT
- Lamoille County, VT
Jason Sawyer joined Blodgett, Watts & Volk, P.C. of Counsel in January, 2003. Mr. Sawyer became a partner on January 1, 2006, and left the firm and to begin his own practice in November 2009. Prior to his association with the Blodgett, Watts & Volk, Mr. Sawyer practiced as an associate at Bradley and Riley, P.C. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa from 1999 until 2001. From 2001 until 2002 he practiced law as a sole practitioner focusing primarily on criminal, juvenile, and indigent defense in Iowa City, Iowa. Mr. Sawyer is admitted in all Vermont State courts, the United States District Court for the District of Vermont, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Supreme Court of the State of Iowa, and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa.
Mr. Sawyer received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Grinnell College in 1995 and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1999, graduating with distinction. He interned for then Shadow Foreign Minister, Ann Clwyd, M.P., in the House of Commons, London, England in 1994. Mr. Sawyer served as the President of the Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for 2007/2008, is a member and Vermont State delegate to National College for DUI Defense, is a member of the Vermont Trial Lawyers Association, the Vermont Bar Association, and the Iowa State Bar Association. Mr. Sawyer is also a member of the CJA panel for the U.S District Court for the District of Vermont.
His practice focuses primarily on State and Federal criminal defense, and significantly on defending those accused of driving under the influence (DUI). In addition, he represents respondents in disciplinary matters in front of the Board of Professional Regulation.
Mr. Sawyer researched, briefed, orally argued, and won the published case of State v. Goldberg, with his then law partner Paul Volk, Esq. which overturned a judge’s issuance of a search warrant for want of probable cause. This decision ensures that law enforcement corroborate information provided by even known informants and ultimately protects the privacy rights of all Vermonters
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Type of Cases Our Firm Handles
I handle many types of cases to bench and jury trials including DUI, Criminal and Traffic.
We Think You Should Hire Us If:
You want a lawyer who will personally handle your file and will be available for consultation afternoons, evenings and weekends. I will fairly evaluate your case and determine the most favorable course. I will not hesitate to go to trial on your case; that decision, however, will ultimately be yours.
Our Firm is Not Right For You If:
You are looking for a lawyer who will only tell you what you want to hear. I will work with you to honestly assess the facts of the case.
If You Want to Tell Our Law Firm About Your Situation You Should:
I personally communicate with you whenever possible. If I am in Court when you call, you can leave a message. I personally guarantee you will hear back from me in 24-hours, or less - most often, much less. My office phone is (802)658-6669.
The Typical Cost to Get Us To Start Working on Your Case is:
The cost varies depending on the allegation and facts of the case. A fee will be quoted at our initial consultation.
Our Clients Will Tell You That:
My level of experience, knowledge of the law, and personal familiarity with the judges, prosecutors, and system is a great advantage. In addition my personal and regular contact with clients, availability and involvement with every aspect of the case bring the most favorable results.
Our Philosophy On How We Approach Our Cases is:
Depending on the type of case I like to find out as much as I can about the facts of the case and talk to anyone who can help our defense. At that time we can discuss our options. The stronger our defense appears to the prosecutor, the better our chances are of getting a favorable result.
If You Want to Learn More About Our Firm You Should:
During our free initial consultation I will answer any questions. Please call (802)658-6669.
Do You Need a Lawyer?
Every state has some sort of "drunk driving" statute. The term "drunk driving" is in quotes because none of these laws require that you be "drunk" or "intoxicated" to be guilty. All that is required is that your ability to operate a vehicle has been impaired to any extent at all or that your Blood alcohol level exceeds the state limit (which is now .08% in all states). Some states call it DWI (Driving While Intoxicated), but it refers to the same offense. The consequences of differ drastically from state to state and are influenced by your age, blood alcohol limit (BAC), whether you have been arrested for in the past, and whether you caused injury or death during the .
A Lawyer can help...
Assess your legal situation
An experienced Defense lawyer can help you understand what you are up against and the fines you may be required to pay. A lawyer mostly deals with matters and knows the process inside and out – including options that a public defender may not tell you.
Explain the consequences
The consequences of a vary greatly from state to state and a lawyer will be able to explain how those consequences in your state apply to you such as (1) harsher punishments for those arrested with BAC limits over .08, (2) special laws for underage drivers arrested for , (3) possible community service or plea bargaining, (4) overlapping jurisdiction of Courts and your state's motor vehicle licensing department to suspend or revoke your license, and (5) contingent license programs that allow you to use your vehicle to get to and from work.
Manage the process
Dealing with the motor vehicle department can be frustrating and time consuming. A Lawyer can manage the process for you by completing the required forms; making phone calls; scheduling and/or representing you at a Motor Vehicle Department suspension hearing, and making other necessary arrangements.
Represent you in court
An experienced Lawyer knows the ins and outs of the courtroom and may be able to obtain a lesser sentence for you if your situation and state law allows for it.
Don't know if a Lawyer is right for you? Here are some general guidelines:
Definitely hire a Lawyer if you already have several 's and receive another; or if your arrest was the result of an accident or if anyone was injured; or if you are a professional driver whose livelihood depends on keeping your license.
Seriously consider hiring a Lawyer if you've been arrested for a second (in the same or another state) or were arrested with a BAC limit over double the legal limit as harsher penalties may apply.
You might want to hire a Lawyer if you don't understand your rights or laws, what you need to do, or the consequences you face. You also might want legal representation if you are in a profession (or plan to be) that requires bonding or in which any criminal conviction might prevent you from getting or keeping a professional license. If you don't know the requirements, then you need expert advice before handling the case yourself.