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Virginia DUI Penalties

Virginia has tough laws and penalties for driving and drinking.  If you have been arrested for DUI you need to contact an experienced Virginia DUI attorney today to ensure your rights are protected.  Virginia DUI lawyer David Long can help you if you have been charged with Richmond DUIChesterfield DUI, Hanover DUI, or Henrico DUI offenses.  Below are the various Virginia DUI penalties if you are convicted of drunk driving in Virginia.

 Conviction for DUI first offense

  • Mandatory, minimum $250 fine.
  • Driver’s license revocation for one year.

Conviction for DUI second offense

  • Mandatory, minimum $500 fine.
  • Driver’s license revocation for three years.
  • Possible jail term up to one year.

Conviction for DUI second offense within ten years of prior offense carries the following additional penalty

  • Mandatory, minimum ten-day jail term

Conviction for DUI second offense within five years of prior offense carries the following additional penalty

  • Mandatory, minimum 20-day jail term.

Three DUI convictions within a ten-year period

  • Mandatory, indefinite driver’s license revocation.
  • If your driving privilege is revoked for a first or second DUI offense conviction and you receive another DUI, the license revocation period will run consecutively with the existing revocation period.

Conviction for DUI third offense

  • Mandatory, minimum $1,000 fine.
  • Mandatory indefinite driver’s license revocation.
  • Prosecution as a Class 6 felony.

Conviction for DUI third offense within five years carries the following additional penalty

  • Mandatory, minimum six-month jail term.

Conviction for DUI third offense within ten years carries the following additional penalty

  • Mandatory, minimum 90-day jail term.
  • Permanent forfeiture of your vehicle (if you are the sole owner).

Conviction for DUI fourth or subsequent offense

  • Mandatory, minimum one-year jail term.

BAC of 0.15% and not higher than 0.20% at the time of arrest

  • First offense carries a mandatory, minimum five-day jail term in addition to all other penalties.
  • Second offense within ten years carries a mandatory, minimum ten-day jail term in addition to all other penalties.

BAC of 0.20% or higher at the time of arrest

  • First offense carries a mandatory, minimum ten-day jail term in addition to all other penalties.
  • Second offense within ten years carries a mandatory, minimum 20-day jail term in addition to all other penalties.