Virginia has very strict laws against drunk driving and drugged driving. People convicted of DUI offenses may be subject to stiff sentences, license suspension and more. Motorists in Virginia should be aware of what constitutes DUI. This blog post will provide some basic information on DUI in the Old Dominion.
There are two scenarios in which a prosecutor can charge a motorist with driving under the influence. The first is when a motorist is driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or greater. The second is when a motorist is driving while "under the influence" of drugs, alcohol or a combination of the two.
Upon conviction of DUI, a motorist faces fines and court costs. The motorist could also face some jail time, with a possibility of up to one year in jail depending on the specific circumstances of the case. The motorist may be required to serve time on probation instead of jail. Furthermore, the motorist will also probably have their driver's license suspended for up to one year.
If it is the motorist's first offense, they may be able to request a restricted license instead of having their license suspended. This will require the motorist to enroll in the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program, a program in which the motorist would receive an evaluation of their alcohol and drug use and get treatment as needed.
Motorists have rights when they are accused of driving under the influence. Many motorists find the services of a DUI lawyer to be helpful when facing DUI charges. They can advise a motorist of their rights and discuss possible defense strategies.