Felony DUI Lawyer | Roanoke, Virginia
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Individuals who are convicted of DUI in Virginia receive very little leniency under the law, especially if they are repeat offenders. Those convicted of a third DUI may even be charged with a class 6 felony.
Felony vs. Misdemeanor
As expected, a felony DUI is a much more serious crime than a standard misdemeanor charge, and the penalties reflect this. If you are convicted of a felony drunk driving charge, your punishment will be based largely upon the amount of time that has passed since your last DUI conviction. The punishment set forth by statute is 1 to 5 years imprisonment (or the court may impose a jail sentence up to 12 months and/or a fine up to $2500, either or both, or any combination thereof) and is a Class 6 felony. Those who are convicted of a third DUI within 10 years of a prior conviction will very likely spend a mandatory 90 days or more in jail, and if their second (2nd) DUI occurred less than five years before, a mandatory six-month jail sentence will apply. Those convicted of felony DUI in Virginia can also expect to be fined a minimum of $1,000 (up to $2500) and lose their driver’s license for at least three years before they may petition for a restricted license, no matter how long it has been since their last offense.
Other Consequences of Felony DUI
Besides the fines, jail time, and license suspensions associated with a felony DUI conviction, having a felony on your criminal record will likely disqualify you from certain types of employment, housing, and education opportunities, and will also take away your right to vote, travel internationally, and purchase a firearm. But with the aid of legal counsel familiar with Virginia’s DUI laws, an offender has a chance to get their charges reduced or even dismissed completely. Are you facing a felony DUI charge in Virginia? Robert F. Rider, a Roanoke attorney experienced in defending serious DUI charges, will advocate on your behalf and protect your rights. Contact our firm online or call 540-685-0075 to schedule a confidential case evaluation today.
Robert Rider of Roanoke, Virginia is a member of the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys. The Association confirmed that he has the skills, knowledge, training, tools, resources, and strategies that are needed to successfully resolve and win DUI cases. Read more about this here.