Virginia DUI penalties

When you are operating a motor vehicle in Virginia, you are legally considered driving under the influence (DUI) if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08% or higher. You may be considered under the influence with a lower BAC if your ability to operate a motor vehicle is impaired. If your driving is affected because you’re under the influence of any drug, you may face the same charges as driving under the influence of alcohol.

Virginia DUI Penalties

If you are convicted with the DUI charge in Virginia, then you are going to be charged with misdemeanor class 1 category, which means you will be inaugurating your criminal record if you are convicted. In DUI, a misdemeanor class 1 charge is minimum of $250 fine and a maximum of $2,500. It can also be imprisonment for the convicted person, and he can face a year into the jail at max. Moreover, if you are found with 0.015 blood alcohol content, you will have to spend five days in jail minimum. Also, you can lose your driving license for a month.

DUI penalties are based on the blood alcohol count, and the law defines it for every age. If an officer stops you and your BAC is the following percentage or even higher, he will arrest you for DUI:

  • 21 years old or older: 08%.
  • Younger than 21 years old: 02%.
  • Commercial Drivers (CDL): 04%.

If you are convicted with the second offense then you may face:

  • Administrative license suspension for 60 days.
  • Minimum $500 fine.
  • Possible restricted driver’s license.
  • If within five years to 10 years of the first offense, a mandatory minimum of ten days in jail.
  • If within fewer than five years of the first offense, a mandatory one month to 1 year in jail.
  • Any court-ordered restitution.
  • Indefinite license revocation.
  • Possible ignition interlock device.
  • Criminal record.

The third offense might get you in even more severe problems, and this won’t be the same case as a second offense, your charges might be:

  • Administrative license suspension until your trial.
  • The felony charge, which means your vehicle is subject to seizure and forfeiture.
  • Possible Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP).
  • If within five years, six months in jail.
  • Indefinite license revocation.
  • Possible ignition interlock device.
  • Minimum $1,000 fine.
  • If within ten years, 90 days in jail.
  • Any court-ordered restitution.
  • Possible restricted driver’s license.

It will only get worse if there will be any more offense and the felony charges can put you in jail for a long period. Minimum, one year of jail will be mandatory if you are ever found with fourth offense or further and it can go up to 20 years max in jail. Fine may rise to $1,000 minimum, and your vehicle will be subject to seizure and forfeiture. Your license will be suspended for the unknown period.