Virginia not only prohibits drunk driving but also driving while intoxicated (DWI) by drugs. The penalties for a drug DWI are generally the same as those for an alcohol-related offense.
This article discusses how Virginia defines drugged driving and the consequences of a violation.
A Virginia motorist can be convicted of a drug DWI for driving or being in "actual physical control" of a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or with specified amounts of certain substances in his or her system.
What "under the influence" means. For purposes of Virginia's DWI laws, a driver is considered under the influence if the substances he or she ingested impairs his or her ability to operate a vehicle safely.
Drugs that can lead to a DWI without proof of impairment. Drivers who are caught with a blood concentration of .1 milligrams per liter or more of methamphetamine, .02 milligrams per liter or more of cocaine, or .02 milligrams per liter or more of phencyclidine (PCP) can be convicted of a drug DWI regardless of whether there's evidence of actual impairment.
The consequences of a Virginia drugged driving conviction depend on the circumstances. But generally, a DWUI carries the following possible penalties:
Virginia DWI law is complex, and the facts of every case are different. If you've been arrested for driving under the influence, talk to an experienced DWI attorney in your area. A qualified DWI lawyer can tell you how the law applies to the facts of your case and help you decide on the best course of action.