A DUI Lawyer Can Provide the Defense You Need
Driving under the influence can have significant ramifications on your life including loss of your driver's license, hefty financial responsibilities, and potential jail time. Our team can help you strategize a strong defense. David A. Cardon is a DUI lawyer in Virginia Beach, VA, who will use his resources, criminal defense knowledge, and best judgment to help minimize the impact your case will have on your life. If you are looking for dependable, proactive legal representation, contact us online or call us at (757) 306-9060. We welcome patients from throughout Hampton Roads.
What is the Penalty for Your First Time Driving Under the Influence?
A DUI first offense is a class one misdemeanor. The punishment is loss of your driver's license in Virginia for one year, up to a $2500 fine, court costs, and a sentence of up to one year in jail. You will also be required to install an ignition interlock system in your car that will make sure you can not turn your car on if you have been drinking alcohol. The judge can issue a restricted driving permit to you if you agree to take and complete the Alcohol and Safety Program (ASAP).
The cost of the ASAP program is around $350. The scope of the restricted driving permit varies; however, usually it allows 1. driving to, from, and during work, 2. to and from school, 3. to and from the ASAP program, 4. to and from scheduled medical appointments, 5. transportation of minor child to and from daycare or medical appointments, 6. transportation of elderly parents to and from medical appointments, 7. to and from a religious service once and week, 8. to and from jail if ordered by the judge, and finally, 9. to and from the ignition interlock service provider.
Our Virginia Beach team will evaluate the evidence in your case to build a sound defense that will serve your best interest.
Consequences For Multiple Offenses
The following is a summary of the punishment you can receive under Virginia law if you are convicted of driving while intoxicated more than once: