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A conviction for an aggravated DUI can rob you of your freedom

There are many penalties associated with being charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Virginia. You're likely to have your driver's license suspended, serve some time in jail, pay significant fines and fees and be asked to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed on your car.

A new Virginia law to legalize drunk driving on your own property

A new drunk driving bill, SB 308, has just been passed through the Virginia Senate with an overwhelming 37-3 vote. It's now headed to the Virginia General Assembly before it becomes law. If passed, this bill would make it legal for anyone to drive along their own residential property while drunk.

Can you turn around or refuse field testing at a DUI checkpoint?

You may have played out in your mind what would happen if you came across a driving under the influence (DUI) checkpoint one of those nights after you'd consumed a few too many drinks. You may have even wondered what would happen if you came up to one and decided to either turn around or to refuse a breath test.

What constitutes an aggravated DUI charge?

A charge of driving under the influence (DUI) is dealt with harshly in Virginia. A conviction for such a charge often results in your license being suspended for more than six months, hefty fines and potential jail time. If those penalties weren't scary enough, a conviction for an aggravated DUI charge elevates the crime to a higher level crime. That, in turn, impacts how harsh the penalties will be in your case.

How does a DUI conviction impact your ability to secure a job?

Although not every driving under the influence (DUI) charge is a felony, it might as well be, especially considering how a conviction for one can get you fired from your current job or make it harder to secure a new one. If the job you have or want involves working with children, being privy to sensitive materials or driving, then a DUI conviction may jeopardize your ability to either get or keep it.

What happens if you refuse breath or blood testing in Virginia?

In Virginia, much like other states, all motorists suspected of either driving drunk or drugged are required to submit to have either breath or blood alcohol testing performed on them if asked. Under Virginia state law though, a motorist is only required to submit to such chemical testing within the first three hours of their arrest of driving under the influence (DUI).

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