Drunk driving penalties can result in serious consequences for Virginia residents. A strong DUI defense strategy is crucial.
In Virginia, drivers may be accused of driving under the influence if they have a blood alcohol content level of 0.08% or above based on a blood, breath or urine test. Drivers may also be accused of drunk driving if a police officer determines through observation that they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A variety of symptoms are evaluated to determine alcohol impairment. Since a DUI accusation may be based on the observations of a police officer, it may also be possible to challenge the officer’s observations as part of a DUI defense.
In Virginia, penalties that may be imposed as part of a DUI charge can include: fines and fees; license suspension; the requirement that an ignition interlock device be installed on the accused individual’s vehicle; jail time; and community service. Drunk driving charges, accusations and allegations can also result in a criminal record, all of which can have a detrimental impact on the accused individual’s personal and professional lives. Preparing a criminal defense strategy is based on the nature of the DUI charges the accused individual is facing and the situation and circumstances they are in.
Accused individuals need to be able to defend themselves against drunk driving charges, accusations and allegations. Understanding what DUI charges are based on, and the potential penalties and consequences, can help accused individuals know how to defend themselves against the charges they are facing to preserve their freedom and future.