In this video, James Abrenio explains what kind of punishment is likely if you are convicted of a first offense of DUI. As you will see, Virginia imposes three possible types of punishment for a first DUI:
- Possible jail time: Given that a DUI is a Class I misdemeanor, a person convicted of a first offense faces the possibility of one (1) year in jail. Keep in mind, this is the maximum sentence, and that does not mean that those convicted of a first offense DUI must serve that entire sentence (or possibly any jail at all). Each person will be sentenced according the specific facts and circumstances of his or her case.
- Possible fine: A first DUI also carries with it a maximum fine of $2,500.00. Again, the actual fine an individual receives depends on the facts of his or her case.
- Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program: Those convicted of a first DUI must complete this alcohol education program, which is generally a ten (10) week course that is intended to educate about the effect that alcohol has on lives. Virginia ASAP will also serve as a de facto probation supervisor which will monitor you for one (1) year and will report to the court should a person convicted of DUI not complete ASAP, fail to comply with the other conditions of sentence, violate any further law, or not be of general good behavior.
- Loss of driving privileges: Upon conviction of a first DUI offense, Virginia imposes a one (1) year loss of driving privileges. It is possible to get a restricted licenses to permit driving for work, health care, worship and other limited purposes.
- Ignition Interlock: Recently, Virginia has required anyone convicted of a first offense DUI to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle for at least six (6) months in order to obtain a restricted license to drive for the year their license is suspended.
- Additional requirements: In some jurisdictions, the court can impose additional requirements. For instance, in Loudoun County, there is mandatory attendance of a Victim Impact Panel, which is a day long session in which victims of drunk driving discuss the affects DUIs have had on their lives.
If you have any more questions about Virginia DUI law, or if you, your friend or family member is facing a DUI, give James a call for your Free Consultation.