Virginia DUI Penalties
In recent years, Virginia's already harsh penalties for drunk driving have become even more severe with changes to the DWI law. For example, it is now mandatory that everyone convicted of a DWI must have an ignition interlock system installed on their vehicles as a required condition of having a restricted operator's license, which allows you to drive to work, school, meetings, etc. This requirement even extends to first-time offenders. At the law firm of MacDowell & Associates, our Fairfax lawyers understand what is at stake with Virginia DUI penalties. That is why we will work hard to have your case dismissed or minimize the potentially harsh consequences of a conviction.
If you have been charged with drunk driving, do not face the legal system alone. Contact us online or call 703-591-1336 to schedule a meeting to discuss your situation.
Severe Penalties for Those With an Elevated Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)
The sentences noted below are mandatory minimums for those who were found to have an elevated BAC. These sentences are imposed in addition to the penalties faced for a DUI/DWI.
First Offense DUI With Elevated BAC
- BAC .15-.20: A 5-day mandatory minimum jail sentence, minimum $250 fine
- BAC above .20: A 10-day mandatory minimum jail sentence, minimum $250 fine
Second Offense DUI Within 10 Years
These penalties apply even if your prior DUI did not involve an elevated BAC:
- BAC .15-.20: A 10-day mandatory minimum jail sentence, minimum $500 fine
- BAC over .20: A 20-day mandatory minimum jail sentence, minimum $500 fine
These minimum periods of incarceration must be spent entirely in jail. The judge cannot suspend the sentence, and judges will not allow you to serve it on work release or on in-home monitoring. These mandatory minimums apply across the board, even for a first offense DUI/DWI. That is why retaining experienced legal counsel from MacDowell & Associates is so important.
Serious Charges Demand Serious Representation
When the charges are this serious, it is essential to get representation from a Herndon criminal defense lawyer who has a record of success in difficult cases. Our founder, attorney Richard MacDowell, is a former Virginia prosecutor with more than 30 years of legal experience. We understand how to challenge an elevated BAC charge and achieve the best possible results.
We will work hard to try an exclude the results of blood or breath tests so that they cannot be used against you at trial. If the test results cannot be excluded, we will attack their reliability. In some cases, we may even be able to negotiate with prosecutors to lower the Breathalyzer or Intoxilyzer results as part of a plea bargain.
Contact Our Herndon High BAC Defense Lawyers
If you have been charged with driving with an elevated BAC, you need to seek qualified legal representation right away. Contact us online or call 703-591-1336 to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your case.