The penalties for a first offense DUI in most U.S. states are somewhat standardized. Across the United States, those convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can expect to face fines, insurance penalties, probation, community service and jail time.
In Virginia, many penalties are similar to other U.S. states, with some important stipulations tied directly to blood alcohol content (BAC).
Punishment linked to BAC
If you are arrested for a first-offense DUI in Virginia and you submit to a breathalyzer test, the results will determine the legal actions. DUI charges can be broken down into a few categories.
Obtaining a restricted license
If you submit to a chemical test and your BAC falls below the .15 margin for a dangerously elevated level, you may be eligible for a restricted license that will allow you to drive under certain circumstances during your mandatory, year-long license suspension period. You must file for a hearing with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in order to be considered for the license. A judge will consider all the circumstances of your arrest, and the approval of this license is based on his or her discretion.
Remember that a first offense DUI in Virginia will also come with fines, court costs and other requirements. Enlisting the services of an experienced DUI attorney can help you navigate the process.
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