If you are found guilty of a DUI in the state of Virginia you will be subject to harsh penalties with increasing severity based on your blood alcohol level. In addition to fines, jail time and license suspension, you may face additional penalties, including mandatory alcohol education programs, the installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle, increased insurance costs, and the potential loss of your employment.
With BAC at .15 - .20:
With BAC at .21+
2nd Offense within 5 years:
2nd Offense within 10 years:
2nd Offense and BAC at .15 - .20:
2nd Offense and BAC at .21 or above:
3rd Offense within 5 years:
3rd Offense within 10 years:
Drivers’ License Suspension after conviction
Any driver convicted of DUI or refusal to submit to BAC testing, are subject to mandatory suspension of a drivers license. Virginia imposes harsher penalties for second or third DUI offenses. In Virginia, a drivers license will be suspended for one year for the first DUI offense, and three years for the second or third offense. A restricted license may be granted by the judge immediately for a first DUI.
Alcohol Education Programs
When convicted of a DUI offense, the state of Virginia requires that all offenders complete a mandatory Alcohol Safety Action Program as well as assessment for potential alcohol dependency.
Except for a DUI 1st with a BAC under .15, you will be required to get an ignition interlock. The device measures your breath alcohol level before and as you are driving. If more than 0.02 BAC is detected, the ignition interlock will prevent the operation of the vehicle. In most cases, the state will require the DUI offender to pay all costs including the installation, rental and maintenance.
DUI with a minor in the car
In addition, any person convicted of a DUI violation with a person 17 years of age or younger in the vehicle will be fined an additional $500 - $1,000 and sentenced to a mandatory minimum of five days in jail in addition to any other jail time.