Drunk Driving Charges in Virginia Beach, Newport News, Hampton, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Portsmouth & Norfolk
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) is a crime in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the penalties for which are severe. Beyond the criminal penalties, you will be classified as a high-risk driver, paying substantially more in auto insurance.
As a police officer for more than 15 years, attorney Jerrell Johnson has extensive experience with the procedures of DUI cases.
As a DUI lawyer, he is also experienced in the various ways to challenge a DUI case, even if you failed the breath, blood or field sobriety tests, which are notoriously subject to errors.
First Time DUI Penalties:
If you have been charged with A DUI in Virginia Beach for the first time you could face the following penalties:
- Up to one year in jail
- Up to $2,500 in fines
- A mandatory alcohol education class
- A mandatory one-year driver’s license suspension
- Mandatory jail time for certain blood alcohol levels
- Ignition Interlock requirement in certain cases
Common DUI Charges:
If you have been arrested for your second, third, or fourth drunk driving charge, the prosecution will view you as a danger to society and yourself and will most likely push for enhanced penalties for this offense. Read more…
Out of State DUI
Drunk driving charges that are acquired out-of-state by a Virginia resident can be extremely serious, especially if the other state requires a driver to be penalized in both the state in which the DUI was acquired and the state of residency of the alleged drunk driver. Read more…
Those under the age of 21 face serious consequences when caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Even for a first-time offender, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s strict policies regarding underage drinking and driving can result in especially severe penalties. Read more…
Felony drunk driving charges are those that are acquired by the action of having multiple drunk driving arrests and convictions or possibly causing vehicular manslaughter. Depending on the specific circumstances of your case, you may face lifelong penalties for these charges. Read more..
Field Sobriety Tests
What is a field sobriety test? As a mechanism for a police officer to test a driver’s sobriety, these tests may include the walk and turn test, one leg stand test, or the horizontal gaze nystagmus test. While these should be given in supplement to breath or blood tests, they can be used as evidence in a DUI case.
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