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Penalties For A DUI In Virginia

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It is often surprising how many people believe that driving while intoxicated (DUI) charge is minor. On the contrary, DUI charges are taken very seriously in Virginia and across the state of Virginia.

According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, drunk driving deaths in Virginia have decreased by thirty-seven percent over the last thirty years. But that does not necessarily mean that drunk driving has not continued to be an issue. If you have been charged with a DUI in Virginia, you need to get a criminal defense lawyer on your side as soon as possible.

The consequences of a DUI conviction could have a dramatic impact on your life. An experienced Virginia DUI lawyer at Randall, Page & Bruch, P.C. could help you present a strong defense and avoid these consequences. Continue reading to learn more about what these penalties are and how these penalties could affect you.

Criminal Penalties Of A Virginia DUI Conviction

The severity of the penalties that you will face if you are convicted of a DUI in Virginia will vary depending on a number of different factors including:

  • What your blood alcohol concentration(BAC) levels were
  • Whether anyone was injured or killed
  • Whether you have a prior history of drunk driving charges
  • Whether you have a criminal record of any kind

Depending on the details of your case, you could even face multiple charges. For example, a man who was fleeing the scene of the Oceanfront shootings back in March was charged with a DUI, hit-and-run charges, and other criminal offenses relating to the incident after he struck a police officer who suffered severe injuries.

This man accepted responsibility and fault for the accident and has since spent the maximum amount of time in jail for his crimes without having been found guilty. Still, his bond was denied. Penalties he, and others who are charged with DUIs, will face include:

  • Up to five years in prison
  • Indefinite license suspension
  • Fines of up to $2,500
  • Restitution to injured parties
  • A minimum of six months with an ignition interlock device

These are just a few of the different criminal penalties you could face if you are convicted of a DUI in Virginia. There are also other collateral penalties that you could have to deal with if you are found guilty.

Collateral Consequences For A DUI In Virginia

When you are convicted of a DUI in Virginia, the criminal penalties are just the tip of the iceberg. There are other collateral consequences that you will face as well. Some of the other fallout you could expect if you are found guilty of a DUI include:

  • Suspension or revocation of your professional licenses
  • Trouble finding gainful employment
  • Difficulty finding affordable and safe housing
  • Issues with immigration or citizenship
  • Child custody or visitation troubles
  • Loss of firearms rights
  • Destroyed personal and professional reputations

Contact A Virginia DUI Lawyer

If you have been arrested and charged on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and you are unsure of where to turn for help, contact an experienced Virginia DUI lawyer at Randall, Page & Bruch, P.C.

Schedule your initial consultation when you fill out our online contact form or call our office at 757-517-8956.

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