A driving under the influence (DUI) charge is a serious offense in Virginia. However, if you are a repeat offender (meaning you already have one or more DUIs on your record), a second conviction is more serious than ever. In addition to increased fines and a longer license suspension, a Virginia DUI 2nd offense carries a mandatory jail sentence and several other harsh penalties.
Under state law, any person who is found guilty of a second DUI within a five-year period will pay no less than $500 in fines and lose his or her driving privileges for the next three years or longer. These penalties will also increase substantially if you are arrested with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.15% or higher.
Along with a license suspension, you may be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle before your driving privileges can be reinstated. Designed to prevent further acts of DUI, an ignition interlock device makes it impossible for you to operate your vehicle unless you successfully pass a breathalyzer.
If the device detects any alcohol on your breath, your vehicle will become inoperable and the results will be reported to the court. Plus, once you start your vehicle, you will be required to provide a “rolling” breath sample every 5 to 20 minutes, making it impossible for you to have someone else take the test for you. And, it is important to keep in mind that you are responsible for any expenses associated with the device—including a one-time installation fee, as well as a monthly maintenance and/or rental fee.
Finally, if you are convicted of a second DUI in Virginia, you can expect to face jail time. Depending on your BAC at the time of your arrest, you may spend anywhere from 20 to 40 days behind bars.
As you can see, the consequences of a second DUI conviction are much more severe than a first offense. If you were recently charged with driving under the influence and have one or more DUIs on your record, it is more important than ever to have an experienced attorney by your side when your court date arrives.
Fortunately, the Law Office of Michael C. Tillotson has helped countless Virginia motorists reduce or avoid the life-altering consequences of a drunk driving conviction. From challenging the officer’s reasons for stopping you to proving that the results of your breathalyzer were inaccurate, Mr. Tillotson and his team will create a strong defense for your case to ensure you receive the best possible outcome in court.
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