Virginia issues harsh punishments on drivers convicted of DUI. A first time DUI offense in Virginia could result in a court fine up to $2,500 and a license revocation of one year. Plus, you will be on probation for one year. A second DUI offense in Virginia could result in a license suspension for three years and another substantial court fine. However, the punishment becomes even worse in some circumstances when there is a sentence enhancement.
A sentence enhancement increases the amount of punishment for a DUI conviction. There are certain factors that lead to sentence enhancements including:
• A child was in the vehicle at the time of suspected DUI
• There was a past offense within 5 to 10 years
• Blood alcohol content (BAC) was higher than .15 percent, almost twice the legal limit
• Property was damaged
• Someone was injured
• The driver was under the age of 21
• A chemical test was refused
Any of these situations could result in a harsher punishment. Virginia courts hear so many cases each year that the prosecution often puts pressure on the defendants to quickly admit to guilt. If you have been accused of drunk driving in Virginia, you do not have to promptly admit to being guilty, as there are many DUI defenses available. You should contact an experienced Virginia DUI attorney immediately following a DUI arrest for expert legal advice.
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