Potential Consequences of a DUI

Criminal Defense Attorneys Serving Fairfax, Leesburg & Manassas, Virginia

Posted: August 28, 2020
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Potential Consequences of a DUI

The consequences of DUI conviction can linger for years, and affect almost every aspect of your life. The effects of jail time, fines, and the loss of driving privileges can impact your personal and professional life long after the sentence has been served.

The experienced DUI lawyers at The Gordon Law Firm know how frightening it can be to face a DUI charge in Virginia. We have helped more than 3,000 people charged with DUIs, DWIs, and reckless driving in the state. We’ve built a reputation for aggressively defending the rights of our clients and working tirelessly to obtain positive results.

Possible Consequences of a DUI Conviction

Depending on the details of the case, possible consequences of a DUI conviction can include:

  • Arrest: When you are arrested for a DUI, you will most likely be taken to the police station or local jail. The police may book you into custody and take your fingerprints and a mug shot.
  • Court appearance: After a DUI charge, your case will progress through the criminal court system. It is important to attend required hearings and understand your legal rights.
  • Fine: Fines are a mandatory sentencing requirement in Virginia DUI cases. Depending on the details of the case, a DUI fine could be anywhere from $250 to a mandatory minimum of $1,000.
  • Probation: Probation is generally one of the required conditions of a suspended DUI sentence in Virginia.
  • Prison or jail: A DUI conviction can carry jail time, even on a first offense. A third DUI offense is a felony that carries a mandatory minimum of at least 90 days in jail.
  • Higher insurance rates: A DUI triggers a larger cost increase than any other single driving transgression – more than an at-fault wreck, reckless driving, and even racing.
  • Suspension of driver’s license: In Virginia, the revocation of driving privileges is mandatory for those convicted of a DUI.
  • Alcohol and drug education classes: Sometimes called DUI school, drivers convicted of a Virginia DUI must generally complete the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (VASAP) as a condition of a suspended jail sentence or re-obtaining their driving licenses.
  • Alcohol evaluation: A drug and alcohol evaluation may be required for individuals charged for driving under the influence.
  • Ignition interlock device: Ignition interlock devices are mandatory for people convicted of a DUI in Virginia.

Call Our Virginia DUI Lawyers Today

If you are facing a DUI charge, the experienced DUI attorneys at The Gordon Law Firm can help. Contact our office today online or at 703-218-8416 today to schedule a free consultation. We serve clients in Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Arlington County, and Prince William County in Virginia.

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