Virginia DUI/DWI Defense
Driving under the influence is a serious offense in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The consequences of a DUI begin as soon as you are arrested, with an automatic license suspension. If you are convicted of a DUI, you face penalties ranging from fines and community service, to alcohol education programs and even jail time. Unfortunately, it does not end there. A DUI conviction will have a long-term impact on your life.
Don’t Lose Your Right to Drive
You will lose your license as soon as you are arrested for driving under the influence. If you refused to take a chemical blood, breath or urine test or if your blood alcohol content was at or above the legal limit of 0.08% (or 0.02% if you are under the age of 21) your license may be taken at the scene of your arrest. The length of this administrative license suspension depends on the number of previous DUIs on your record. For a first offense, you will face a seven-day license suspension. For a second offense, you will lose your license for up to 60 days.
It is important to note that the administrative license suspension is separate from the criminal charges you face. As a result, a separate series of legal proceedings is required to appeal your suspension. You have a limited period of time in which to request an administrative license review hearing to save your license.
A DUI Is Long Term
A DUI carries with it long-term penalties that are financially draining and costly to your personal and professional life. Because a DUI will remain on your permanent criminal and driving records, it could result in the loss of your job and make it difficult to find future employment. You may also be ineligible for a security clearance or certain professional licenses.
A DUI will even follow you outside of the country, making international travel difficult. All of these consequences will have an impact on various areas of your personal life, as well as your mental health. It is well documented that the stress associated with a DUI conviction can result in anxiety and depression.