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The most important thing you can do when facing DUI charges is to consult with a DUI lawyer as soon as possible. An experienced DUI lawyer can discuss your charges in detail with you and guide your next steps.

You need to understand the importance of having a good DUI lawyer. So,we put together this overview of DUI laws and penalties.

[Related: Guide to DUI in Virginia]

First Time DUI

Even if it is a first time offense, a DUI is considered a criminal offense. Therefore, a DUI conviction will remain on your record permanently. The basic penalties for a DUI include a $250 fine, and a 12-month suspension of your driver’s license.

Depending on the details of your case, you may face additional charges such as fines of up to $2,500 and 12 months in jail. So, no matter what, you will face a one-year suspension of your driver’s license if you are convicted.

You will also be required to attend Virginia’s ASAP. This is an alcohol program that endeavors to teach people the dangers of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

Aggravating Factors

If your blood alcohol concentration registers between 0.15-0.20 you will be subject to mandatory jail sentence of 5 days at the minimum. This is in addition to the basic penalties.

Furthermore, if your BAC is over 0.21, the mandatory jail time is 10 days. Also, there will be mandatory jail time for any person has been convicted of DUI previously within the last 10 years.

Three convictions within 10 years means the DUI becomes a felony charge and can result in higher mandatory jail time, as well as up to 5 years in prison.

[Related: How DUI Affects Security Clearance]

DUI Lawyer in Virginia

Although other states offer Diversion programs or probation for first time DUI offenses, Virginia does not. Therefore, you will likely go to trail. For this reason, it is imperative that you have an experienced DUI lawyer representing you.

Contact King Campbell Poretz Mitchell today to schedule a consultation. Our lawyers have extensive experience with DUI cases. Their knowledge and skill will help you navigate the proceedings and ensure the best possible outcomes.