Penalties of DUI
Leesburg attorney outlines Virginia's DUI penalties
In 2008, 44 percent of all traffic fatalities in Virginia were linked to driving under the influence (DUI). It’s no wonder, then, that the state imposes tough penalties on DUI offenses. For those in Northern Virginia, a good Leesburg DUI lawyer can provide information on penalties for DUI and the short- and long-term effects of those penalties on your driving record and your life.
Under and out
For DUI violators less than 21 years of age, the state has a zero tolerance policy. If you are less than 21 years of age and arrested while driving with only a 0.02 percent blood alcohol content (BAC), you face:
- A $500 fine
- A six-month license suspension
- Jail time
Penalties for conviction on first DUI offense
- Mandatory minimum $250 fine
- Driver’s license revocation for one year
- Read more about DUI first offense expungement
On second DUI offense
- Mandatory minimum $500 fine
- Driver’s license revocation for three years
- Possible jail term up to one year
- If convicted within 10 years of last DUI offense, automatic minimum 10-day jail sentence
- If convicted within five years of last DUI offense, automatic minimum 20-day jail sentence
On third DUI offense
- Minimum $1,000 fine
- Mandatory, indefinite driver’s license revocation
- Prosecution as a felony
- If third DUI conviction in 10 years, possible forfeiture of your vehicle and at least 90 days in jail
- If third DUI conviction in five years, at least six months in jail
Other DUI costs
Keep in mind that when you are convicted of a DUI, you receive six demerit points from the state, which stay on your driving record for two years. This adds greatly to insurance costs.
If you have been arrested for DUI in Leesburg or the surrounding area, you need to protect your mobility, liberty, insurance rates, finances and reputation. Seek out the Simms Showers LLP for skilled, knowledgeable legal representation.
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Simms Showers LLP represents clients throughout Northern Virginia, including Leesburg, Sterling and the surrounding areas of Loudoun County as well as Arlington County, Clarke County, Frederick County, Fairfax County and Prince William County.