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What does a Virginia DUI mean for your license?

On Behalf of | Jul 5, 2022 | Drunk Driving (DUI)

Most kinds of criminal offenses carry variations of the same penalties. Fines and jail time are among the most common consequences, although people can also lose their state-issued licenses or be subject to educational or therapeutic requirements in certain circumstances. The state may even seize private property if someone acquired that property through criminal activity or if they used that property to commit a crime.

When it comes to driving under the influence (DUI) offenses, the Virginia approach includes the revocation of someone’s driver’s license. How long will you lose your driving privileges for after a DUI conviction?

Your driving record determines the penalties

When the state decides how long to revoke your license, the number of previous offenses on your record and how recently they are. For the average adult driver, a first DUI offense will mean a revocation of their driver’s license for a full year. A second offense will mean a three-year revocation. If someone has a third DUI within 10 years, they will lose their driver’s license indefinitely, and the state will seize their vehicle.

Underage drivers can face the automatic suspension of their license for a full year with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of just 0.02% during a traffic stop, which is a quarter of the limit for an adult driver.

Commercial drivers in control of commercial vehicles like buses or semitrucks can face a DUI charge for a BAC of 0.04%. They will also lose their eligibility for commercial licensing in addition to their personal license after a conviction. Even a DUI in their own vehicle will prevent them from driving a big truck again in the near future.

Defending against charges protects the ability to drive

When you fight back against pending charges, you can potentially avoid a conviction and therefore the license suspension and other penalties that come with a DUI offense. Rather than trying to cope with the consequences because you want to avoid court, defending yourself will be the simplest method of reducing the long-term impact of these allegations on the rest of your life.

Understanding viable defense strategies for DUI charges can help you prepare for your upcoming day in court.