In Virginia, DUI (Driving Under the Influence) charges are treated possibly harsher than in any other state in the country. For this reason, it is critical to hire an experienced DUI attorney to work on your case and develop a proper defense strategy. In Virginia, a first offense DUI OR DWI is a Class I misdemeanor. In other words, Virginia classifies a first offense DUI/DWI as the most serious type of criminal misdemeanor. As a result, a first offense DUI/DWI carries a mandatory minimum fine of $250, but the fine can be as high as $2,500. Additionally, for a first offense DUI/DWI, you can be sentenced to a maximum of twelve (12) months in jail. If you are convicted of a first offense DUI/DWI with a BAC level under 0.15, you are not required to serve jail time and probably will not serve jail time, however, there are no guarantees of no jail time if the Court believes the facts of one’s case to be egregious.
What are the possible penalties for a first offense DUI in VA?
- Jail Incarceration (length depends on the BAC level)
- Up to $2500 Fine
- 12 months loss of driver’s license
- If granted a restricted license, you will be required to pay for and install an ignition interlock device
- 6 points on your Virginia driver’s license
- Completion of ASAP (Alcohol Safety & Awareness Program) at your expense
We Are Experienced Northern Virginia DUI Attorneys
We have considerable experience representing clients charged with DUI in the Northern Virginia County courts. When you are facing a drunk driving charge or any motor vehicle traffic offense, you need fast, accurate answers about your situation and the best way to proceed. The defense attorneys at Ervin Kibria understand your concerns and your sense of urgency in dealing with a difficult situation.
- Will I go to Jail? If you are convicted of first offense DUI/DWI with a BAC level between 0.15 and 0.20, Virginia law requires you to serve a minimum of five (5) days in jail. It should be noted that this time is not accorded the customary 50% reduction for ‘good time’ served, but requires the defendant to actually serve the full five days in jail. This can have a devastating impact on one’s ability to maintain his or her employment. If you are convicted of a first offense DUI/DWI with a BAC level over 0.20, you will be sentenced to a jail term for a minimum of ten (10) days.
- An aggressive defense: The consequences of a DUI charge often depend on having an experienced lawyer to represent you. At Ervin Kibria, we have the necessary experience to aggressively investigate, defend and challenge the charges.
- We work with you: We do not treat cases as if they were a car on an assembly line. We are not a DUI mill. We are personalized. We are accessible. We are hands on. We keep our practice small so we can be completely dedicated to giving our clients the very best representation. When you hire us you have direct access to us, not a law clerk, or a paralegal, or an associate attorney.
Whether you are dealing with a DUI charge or a serious traffic offense that can put points on your driver’s license, you can depend on the defense lawyers at Ervin Kibria.