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DUI Penalties in Virginia

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If you have been charged with a DUI, you could be facing significant penalties upon conviction. It’s important to enlist the help of a skilled Fairfax DUI attorney to fight these charges as soon as possible. With Carleton Penn III, you can expect personal service and aggressive representation.

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Virginia DUI Law

To be charged with a DUI in Virginia, you must have been found with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of at least .08%. If under 21, the legal limit is .02% and if a commercial driver, the legal limit is .04%. Alcohol consumption affects each individual’s BAC differently and depends on various factors such as weight, body-fat percentage, and more.

The penalties for a first-time DUI include:

  • A minimum of five days in jail
  • A minimum fine of $250
  • A license suspension of one year
  • Required ignition interlock device installation (if BAC is .15 or more)

The penalties for a second DUI charge include:

  • A minimum of 20 days to one year in jail
  • A minimum fine of $500
  • A license suspension of three years
  • Required ignition interlock device installation

The penalties for a third DUI charge include:

  • A minimum of six months in jail
  • A minimum fine of $1,000
  • An indefinite license suspension
  • Required ignition interlock device installation

Penalties for Refusing a Chemical Test

The State of Virginia upholds an implied consent law. This means that you are subject to penalties if you refuse a chemical test. These penalties include various fines and automatic license suspension.

Test refusal might result in the following:

  • First offense: One-year license suspension
  • Second offense: Three-year license suspension (if prior offense within 10 years)
  • Third offense: Three-year license suspension (if prior offense within 10 years)

Contact Carleton Penn III for a Free Case Evaluation

While there are many direct penalties resulting from a DUI conviction, the indirect penalties can be even more life-changing. A DUI conviction can affect your employment, housing situation, and personal or professional relationships. To protect yourself from these consequences, it’s important to enlist the help of an experienced Fairfax DUI lawyer.

At Carleton Penn III, we have helped thousands of clients since 1982. Call (703) 420-3510 to learn more about your legal options.

  • DUIDLA
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Loudoun Bar Association
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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