As you may be aware, driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious charge here throughout Northern Virginia, including Fairfax County, Arlington County, Prince William County, Loudoun County and Alexandria City.
While a DUI charge has undoubtedly already affected you in some way, a DUI conviction can significantly change your life as well the lives of your loved ones. But “How” exactly?
Well, DUI convictions typically result in a loss/suspension of your driving privileges, possible jail sentences, higher insurance rates, and even a possible loss of your job along with difficulties in finding new employment. This post will discuss the three key ways in which your driving privileges are affected by a DUI in Fairfax, Virginia.
First, however, if you are charged with a DUI, it is important that you hire an experienced Drunk Driving Defense Attorney. You do not want to attack this yourself; there is too much on the line.
The DUI & DWI Lawyers of The NoVa Law Firm are here for you. We dedicate ourselves to thorough preparation of your DUI Defense because our ultimate goal in your case is to receive a complete dismissal of the charges against you.
The Impact On Your Driving Privileges
1. Ignition Interlock Device:
First, if you are convicted of a DUI in Virginia, even if you are a first-time offender, the courts and the Virginia DMV will require you to install an ignition interlock device in your primary vehicle.
Yet, if you have a second or subsequent DUI conviction, the court and Virginia DMV will require you to install the ignition interlock device in all of your vehicles, not solely your primary vehicle.
An ignition interlock device is a small device that prevents your vehicle from starting if you have been drinking. It also requires that you submit breath samples at random times when you are driving.
It’s operation is similar to that of a Breathalyzer by measuring the alcohol in your system. Your vehicle will not start if the amount of alcohol in your system exceeds a pre-programmed level.
You must also enroll in Virginia’s Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP). ASAP will supervise your use of the ignition interlock because the results of every breath are sent to ASAP. You must also submit proof of installation to the ASAP supervisor.
Typically, you will be required to keep the ignition interlock device in your vehicle(s) for a minimum of six months. During this period, you must not be convicted of an alcohol-related incident. There is also a $20.00 fee that you must pay, PLUS the costs of installation of the device! If you fail to install the IID, this will result in the revocation of your driving privileges.
2. Suspension of your Driver’s License:
When you are charged with a DUI, you will immediately be penalized with an administrative license suspension (ALS).
An ALS WILL be imposed before any court involvement. If you are charged with your first DUI, you will receive an ALS for seven days. If you receive your second DUI, you will receive an ALS for 60 days. If you receive your third DUI, or more, you may receive an ALS up until your trial date. When these suspension periods expire, you will get your driving privileges reinstated.
3. License Revocation:
A DUI conviction will result in the revocation of your license. Unlike a suspension, a revocation is the termination of your driving privileges in Virginia.
Upon your first DUI conviction, your license will be revoked for one year. Upon your second DUI conviction, or more, your license may be revoked for an indefinite period of time. If you fully comply with the terms of your revocation, you could even be required to retake all driving tests and pay for a new license.
Contact A Fairfax DUI Defense Attorney
Serious penalties follow a DUI charge and conviction. It is important that you hire an experienced DWI Defense Attorney to protect your rights.With over 15 years of experience defending individuals charged with DUIs, DUI Defense Attorney Eric Clingan makes every effort to provide you with the knowledge and information you need to face your case with confidence in court. Serving Fairfax, Virginia and surrounding areas throughout Northern Virginia (NOVA).