For many people in Virginia, the holidays are an opportunity to spend time with friends and family. Often, these gatherings include the consumption of food and alcoholic beverages. Unfortunately, the consequences for an accusation of driving under the influence, or DUI -- whether by drugs or alcohol -- can be serious.
There are two different scenarios in which a person driving a motorcycle, car or boat in Virginia could be charged with driving under the influence. In the first, the person is believed to have driven with a blood alcohol content that is .08% or higher. In the second, the person is believed to be under the influence of alcohol, drugs or some combination of the two while driving.
The consequences of such accusations can be serious. In addition to being required to pay a fine, a person convicted of DUI in Virginia could face up to a year in jail depending on other factors related to the case. Often, a conviction of DUI also results in a year-long license suspension, though a restricted license can be requested; for this request to be successful, the person must enroll in VASAP, the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program, among fulfilling other requirements.
There is no doubt that an accusation of DUI can have significant personal, financial and, potentially, professional consequences for people in Virginia. As such, those suspected or charged with this crime want an attorney on their side who can provide them the necessary information to make informed decisions about their case. Often, a consultation with a professional is the first step toward a full understanding of the person's legal situation.