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Virginia DUI Laws

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The maximum prescribed legal BAC limit in Virginia is 0.08% per se
(effective from July 1st 1994)

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Virginia Drunk Driving Laws

(If you’ve been charged with Virginia DUI, the law allows 10 days for your Virginia DUI Lawyer to make a request for a Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) administrative hearing to save your driving license)

Virginia is a member of the Interstate Drivers License Compact
An agreement between participating states to share information regarding certain types of convictions including DUI - DWI and related Drunk Driving offenses. If a resident of one state gets convicted of a drunk driving offense in another state, the driver's home state will be notified. The type of action that the driver's home state will take will vary from state to state.

Virginia DUI Laws and BAC limits

ALL DRIVERS - BAC LIMIT = 0.08%
In the State of Virginia it is crime for ANY driver to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol content - concentration) of 0.08% and above.

COMMERCIAL DRIVERS - BAC LIMIT = 0.04%
It is a crime for commercial vehicle operators to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol content - concentration) of 0.04% or above.

MINOR (under the age of 21) - BAC LIMIT = 0.02%
It is a crime for persons under 21 years of age to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol content - concentration) of 0.02% or above.

It is an offense to refuse to submit to a chemical test in Virginia and implied consent laws are enforced.

!! CAUTION - Driving Ability Impaired !!

You can be prosecuted in Virginia without driving while you are over the legal prescribed bac limit.

Under Virginia law, it is unlawful to drive with a BAC limit above the per se laws OR to drive while impaired under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Under this law the prosecution must show that the driver was IMPAIRED by alcohol and/or drugs. The level of impairment is usually based on observations and evidence of driving ability (or rather inability), physical appearance, field sobriety tests and any other relevant evidence which can help prove a persons driving ability was indeed impaired. Different amounts of alcohol can affect people in different ways, what may impair one persons driving ability and make them feel drunk, might not necessarily impair another persons driving ability.

Observations from a law enforcement officer that may lead to being stopped and arrested include:

  • Making a turn too widely or narrowly
  • Using two lanes, straddling the center line
  • Almost hitting someone or something
  • Weaving or drifting from one side of the road to another
  • Driving too slowly and being overly cautious
  • Driving too close to vehicle in front
  • Driving ON the center lines
  • Erratic braking
  • Swerving to correct course of vehicle

You can be charged with an offence regardless of your BAC level, as long as impairment can be proved to the legal extent necessary.

A skilled drunk driving attorney can help you defend any charges against you

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Penalties for DUI - Drunk Driving in Virginia

Virginia is a state with a ten-year ‘washout period’ also known as a 'look back period'.

3rd or subsequent DUI within 5 years
If you are arrested for DUI a 3rd or subsequent time within 5 years you will NOT be granted bail before your DUI trial commences.


First Dui - Drunk Driving Conviction - MISDEMEANOR

The penalty for a first DUI - drunk driving conviction in Virginia:

  • Fine: $250 to $2,500 fine
  • License Revocation: 1 year drivers license revocation
  • Jail: possible 5 days to 1 year in jail (depending on BAC)
  • Ignition Interlock: at least 6 months ignition interlock restriction upon license re-instatement
  • ASAP (alcohol safety action program) - screening, education & treatment
  • possible impoundment of vehicle
  • Virginia SR22 Insurance requirement

Second DUI - Drunk Driving Conviction - MISDEMEANOR

The penalty for a second DUI - drunk driving conviction in Virginia:

  • Fine: $500 fine to $2,500 fine
  • Jail: 10 days to 1 year jail
  • License Revocation: 3 years drivers license revocation
  • Ignition Interlock: at least 6 months ignition interlock restriction upon license re-instatement
  • ASAP (alcohol safety action program) - screening, education & treatment
  • possible impoundment of vehicle
  • Virginia SR22 Insurance requirement

Third (and subsequent) DUI - Drunk Driving Conviction - Felony

The penalty for a third DUI - drunk driving conviction in Virginia:

  • Fine: $1,000 to $2,500 fine
  • Jail: 90 days to 5 years in jail
  • License Revocation: indefinite drivers license revocation
  • Ignition Interlock: at least 6 months ignition interlock restriction upon license re-instatement
  • ASAP (alcohol safety action program) - screening, education & treatment
  • possible seizure & forfeiture of vehicle
  • possible impoundment of vehicle
  • Virginia SR22 Insurance requirement

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Implied consent LAWS

Implied Consent Chemical Testing

It is an offense to refuse to submit to a chemical test in Virginia and implied consent laws are enforced.

Penalties for refusing to submit to a chemical test in Virginia

In Virginia, if the accused refuses to take a chemical test of their blood, breath or urine, their drivers license will be suspended/revoked.

NOTE: If a person refuses a chemical test and is subsequently convicted of DUI, the suspension period for refusal will run consecutively with any DUI suspension imposed.

FIRST CHEMICAL TEST REFUSAL

SECOND (and subsequent) Chemical test REFUSAL

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Minimum liability insurance requirements for private passenger vehicles in the state of Virginia

The minimum mandatory liability insurance coverage required in the state of Virginia for private passenger vehicles is (25/50/20). This equates to the following liability coverage:

  • $25,000 bodily injury liability (BIL) per person
  • $50,000 for two or more people in one accident
  • $20,000 property damage liability (PDL) coverage

What is (BIL) Bodily Injury Liability insurance?

(BIL) Bodily Injury Liability insurance coverage will pay for serious and permanent injury or death to other people when a crash is caused by the insured. An auto insurance company will pay for injuries up to the limits specified in an insurance policy and will provide legal representation for the insured in the event someone tries to sue them.

What is (PDL) Property Damage Liability insurance?

(PDL) Property Damage Liability insurance coverage pays for damages an insured driver or members of an insured drivers family cause (and are liable for) to other people's property in a crash involving a motor vehicle.

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Disclaimer: While every effort is made to keep all information up to date, the Virginia drunk driving laws change frequently and the information provided on this web site should not be construed as legal advice, nor is it necessarily complete. Drinkdriving.org shall not be held responsible for any actions a person may take as a result of information gathered from this web site. Consultation with a local Virginia DUI lawyer is recommended in all cases.

 

Useful Virginia DUI Links:

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Mon, 25 Jun 2018 07:42:37 GMT

Former reality TV star pleads guilty to DUI in Va. Beach fatal crash - wtkr.com


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Former reality TV star pleads guilty to DUI in Va. Beach fatal crash
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Due to a clerical error, she did not enter a guilty plea to the DUI charge against her. Virginia State Police said Melissa Hancock was driving a 2011 Cadillac westbound on I-264 in the eastbound lanes when she hit a 2009 Mazda driven by 29-year-old ...
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Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:48:44 GMT

'Little Women' star pleads guilty to DUI in fatal Va. Beach crash - WSET


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'Little Women' star pleads guilty to DUI in fatal Va. Beach crash
WSET
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WSET) ?- Reality television star Melissa Hancock entered a guilty plea Monday for a DUI charge against her related to a fatal crash in November 2017. WTKR reports that Hancock was expected to plead guilty to a DUI charge in a ...


Wed, 13 Jun 2018 09:32:21 GMT

Virginia man started illegal nightclub in home after getting a DUI - FOX 61


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Virginia man started illegal nightclub in home after getting a DUI
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PETERSBURG, Va. -- There were over 20 people inside when authorities executed a search warrant and discovered a nightclub known as "Side Pocket" was being operated inside a Petersburg home, according to WTVR. On June 2, 2018 at approximately 2 ...
Petersburg man started illegal nightclub in home after getting a DUIwtvr.com

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Wed, 06 Jun 2018 02:49:42 GMT

Former reality TV star pleads guilty to DUI charge - WAVY-TV


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Former reality TV star pleads guilty to DUI charge
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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) -- A former reality TV star of the show "Little Women, Atlanta" pleaded guilty Monday morning to a DUI charge in connection to a fatal 2017 crash. Police say Melissa Hancock was driving the wrong way on Interstate 264 after ...


Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:03:08 GMT

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