is an abbreviation for Driving Under the Influence and DWI is an
abbreviation for Driving While Intoxicated. These are the most common
names used to refer to the various ways that the Commonwealth of
Virginia can charge a person with impaired driving. In Virginia, a
person is guilty of DUI if the Commonwealth can prove that the person
drove or operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol
or any drug or drugs to the extent that their ability to drive was
impaired or with a BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration) of .08 percent or higher.
A conviction for DUI can result in heavy penalties, even for a first
offense. Penalties for driving with a BAC over .15 and for repeat
offenders are increasingly severe and generally involve mandatory jail
sentences. Court imposed penalties for impaired driving can include:
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- Loss or suspension of driving privilege
- Ignition interlock device
- Fines (plus court costs)
- Substance abuse treatment
- Alcohol or drug education course
- Jail or prison sentence
- Community service
- Criminal record
In addition to the penalties a court can impose, a conviction for
impaired driving can also negatively affect a person's career or social
standing well into the future. Because the consequences for a DUI
conviction can be so severe, it is critical that a person charged with
impaired driving contact a DUI attorney as soon as possible.
There are a variety of potential challenges and defenses
that an experienced defense attorney can make to a Virginia DUI. If
you have been charged with DUI or impaired driving of any kind, contact
the attorneys at Blitz Legal for a FREE CONSULTATION.
The attorneys at our law firm will focus on the individual facts of your case and work with you to prepare an aggressive strategy for your DUI defense.