Read about how Virginia defines "driving while intoxicated" (DWI) and the penalties—including jail time, fines, and license suspension—you'll be looking at for a first, second, or third DWI conviction.
Virginia categorizes a first DUI offense as a class 1 misdemeanor and imposes a fine ranging from $250 to $2,500. The law also imposes a one-year license suspension. The punishment increases if you were arrested with a BAC of 0.15% or higher in which case your sentence may include a minimum five-day jail sentence.
Each DUI conviction in Virginia results in harsher penalties. If you have been stopped for a second DUI in Virginia, you will be subject to the following criminal and administrative penalties. Criminal Penalties A second conviction of DUI in Virginia is a Class 1 misdemeanor.
A DWI is considered a third offense in Virginia if the driver has two prior DWI convictions that occurred within the last ten years. A third-offense DWI is a level-six felony and carries prison time, fines, and license revocation. This article explains the specific penalties involved.
Sobriety checkpoints are legal in Virginia. These checkpoints (also referred to as "mobile checkpoints" or "roadblocks") are police traffic stops that are not tied to any specific or individual suspicions.
Virginia law prohibits operating a watercraft or motorboat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Learn about how boating under the influence (BUI) is defined and the penalties you'll face for a conviction.