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.
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.