Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is against the law in every state in the U.S. Virginia has penalties that are specific to it, so if you are caught, you may face penalties such as fines or a possible jail sentence.
As someone who has not been in trouble with the law in the past, you need to know that even a first-offense DUI is serious. You need to consider working with your attorney on a defense because failing to do so could lead to significant penalties.
What kinds of penalties do you face on a first-offense DUI?
First-offense DUIs come with two primary penalties include:
- A mandatory $250 fine (minimum)
- A driver’s license revocation that lasts for one year
If you think that’s harsh, a second offense is even more significant. For a second offense within 10 years, you’ll face penalties including:
- A mandatory minimum $500 fine
- Up to a year in jail
- A mandatory minimum of 10 days in jail
People make mistakes, but once you pass a third offense, you start facing life-changing penalties including a potential Class 6 felony, an indefinite license revocation and other severe penalties.
Why does working with an attorney help?
Working with an attorney is a smart idea, because your attorney is familiar with the laws and how to help you reduce the penalties you face. If this is your first DUI, you may even be able to fight for alternative sentencing so that this won’t stay on your record or so that you face as few penalties as possible.