In Virginia, you can be charged with various DUI offenses, all of them serious:
- DUI alcohol
- DUI drugs
- Second and third DUIs
- Felony DUI
- DUI for persons under 21
- DUI with a child in the car
- DUI in which a person is injured/maimed
- DUI in which a person is killed/involuntary manslaughter
- DUI combined with a hit-and-run charge or accident
There are different charges and penalties depending on prior DUI convictions. If you have more than one or more prior DUIs on your record, even if they are from a different state, the punishment increases and includes a period of mandatory incarceration. Conviction will also result in installation of ignition interlock devices on your vehicle and license suspension for at least a year.
Second and Third DUIs
- In Virginia, the first DUI offense is a misdemeanor, carrying a $250 fine, up to a year in jail and a one-year license suspension.
- The second offense is also a misdemeanor with greater penalties. Upon conviction, you will face a minimum of a $500 fine, up to a year in jail and a three-year license suspension.
- A third offense is a felony with a minimum of a $1,000 fine and up to five years in jail. You could also face an indefinite license suspension if you receive multiple DUIs within 10 years.
You have the option of representing yourself in these matters, but your case has a much higher likelihood of being dismissed or reduced if you have an experienced lawyer on your side from The Laurel Brigade Law Group.
People charged with DUI need an attorney who understands the local landscape, the various unique sentencing options, and the science behind the breath test machine and blood test results. Our lawyers are very familiar with all of those things, and have defended drunk driving cases from every angle.