Frequently Asked Questions About Drunk Driving Charges
Driving under the influence is a mistake that can happen to anyone. Yet, many people are not familiar with the intricacies of the legal system when it comes to fighting a DUI. At Northern Valley Law, we are experienced in criminal defense, and particularly in DUI defense. This allows us to answer the questions we most frequently receive from potential clients.
What kind of penalties are there for a DUI conviction?.
Virginia law takes DUIs very seriously. Fines start at $250 and can reach thousands of dollars. Your license may be restricted or suspended. You may even face jail time, as there is a mandatory prison sentence attached to second offenses. This is all, including the fact that you will also have a criminal record.
When should I talk to a lawyer?.
As with any criminal offense, it is important to call an attorney immediately or as soon as possible, no matter the time of day or night. You should never speak to the police without an attorney present: You can easily hurt your case without knowing it. In the case of a DUI, call a lawyer as soon as you can, which usually means at the police station after being brought in.
Can I lose my license after a DUI?.
Yes. After a DUI, your license may be restricted or suspended. According to Virginia law, even a first offense can result in license revocation for a year. Any further offense can mean your license suspended for an indefinite period of time.
When is a DUI a misdemeanor and when is it a felony?.
Typically, first-offense DUIs are misdemeanors. A DUI can become a felony if it caused serious injury or a fatality, if a child was involved, if you were driving while your license was suspended or if you have had multiple DUIs in the past. This is true even if your past DUIs were misdemeanors.