Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the most common criminal offenses in the state of Virginia, and the penalties associated with a conviction escalate dramatically with any subsequent violations. According to section 18.2-266 of the code of Virginia, you can be charged with a DUI if you are found to be operating a vehicle on public property with a blood alcohol content at or above .08%.
Section 18.2-270 of the code of Virginia states that even a first conviction means a mandatory driver’s license suspension, fines, and possible jail time, as well as a criminal record that could affect the rest of your life. Jail time is mandatory with a second or subsequent conviction, and a third or subsequent conviction is a felony crime.
The stakes are high for those convicted of a DUI
A conviction could cost you your job or your security clearance, or prevent you from finding employment or housing or getting a security clearance in the future. You’ll have to provide proof of your financial responsibility and will be required to have vehicle insurance with more coverage than the usual state minimums, and you likely will pay more for that coverage because of the DUI conviction.
Yes, You CAN Fight a DUI Charge—and We Can Help You
Unfortunately, many people mistakenly believe that they cannot fight a DUI charge, particularly if the breath analysis test showed a BAC above the legal limit.
If the officer who cited you didn’t have sufficient reason to pull you over, if there were problems with how blood or breath tests were administered, or factors that may have produced falsely high results, an experienced DUI defense lawyer may be able to help you fight the charge. Remember, even if you cannot completely overcome a DUI charge, we may be able to help you negotiate lesser charges or penalties.
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