Second Virginia DUI in Waynesboro?Recently on our forum a driver asked, If I have been arrested a second time within five years for a DUI in Waynesboro, Virginia, will I be charged with a first or second Virginia DUI? The state of Virginia has some of the strictest DUI laws in the country. For instance, drivers arrested for a first-time Virginia DUI will generally be charged with a misdemeanor; however, if their blood alcohol concentration is .20% or higher, they will be forced to spend 10 days in jail. They may also have to pay fines up to $2,500 and have their Virginia drivers license revoked for up to one year.
Second Virginia DUI what can I expect?Now, lets address the drivers question. What happens if a driver is arrested for a second Virginia DUI within 10 years? The amount of time which a state will consider a previous DUI conviction is referred to as a look-back period or wash-out period. States look-back laws vary, but in the state of Virginia the look-back period is 10 years. If a Virginia driver is arrested for multiple DUI offenses within 10 years Virginias 10 year look-back law allows:
- An increase of the drivers third or subsequent DUI offense from a misdemeanor to a felony charge.
- Higher sentencing or punishment for subsequent DUI charges.
- Mandatory minimum sentencing for convicted drivers.