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Under Virginia Law.  DUI 1st offense is considered a serious offense.  If you are convicted of a DUI you may face:

 

•  up to one year in jail

• a fine of up to 2500.00 dollars

• one year mandatory suspension of your license

 

In addition, a DUI conviction is a class I midemeanor, which means it is a criminal case as well as a traffic offense.  In addtion, upon being convicted of a DUI, this conviction will stay on your Virginia Driving Record for 11 years.  You also must file a form FR -44 with the DMV which will require special insurance.  

 

In most cases, upon conviction of a DUI, you will be required to attend and successfully complete the ASAP class, which is a mandatory alcohol counseling course.  This course usually lasts a minimum of 10 weeks, and costs 400 or more dollars.  

 

Also if you wish to have a restricted license, you will need to have any vehicle which you drive equipped with ignition interlock, which is a device that measures your alcohol content upon starting and driving said vehicle.  There is a cost with having this installed as well as a monthly service fee.  

 

Im many cases, depending on the level of impairment, the law requires that you serve a minimum mandatory period of incarceration.    If your level was between a .15-and .20, 5 days of jail time is mandatory.  Anything in excess of .20, required 10 days minimum jail.

 

As an an attorney who has been practicing DUI defense for over 20 years, I have seen the law change and transform over the years.  I have also kept abreast of the latest developments, trends, and defenses.  I would be happy to help you with your case.  

 

 

 

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