DUI

Virginia Beach DUI Lawyer

DUI Attorney in Virginia Beach

DUI charges are not a small matter in Virginia. The penalties are stiff and if you have been charged, you have a serious legal problem. Being arrested can be very embarrassing and upsetting, as law enforcement does not look kindly upon drunk driving and treat the accused accordingly. It is true that in a first DUI offense you may lose your license, and without the assistance of an experienced DUI attorney, the likelihood of conviction and these penalties increases. It is crucial that you contact a Virginia Beach DUI attorney if you have been charged with a DUI.

Penalties for DUI in Virginia Beach

It is against the law to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or greater. For commercial drivers the legal limit is set at .04% and for drivers below the age of 21, that limit is set at just .02%. This means that if you are under the age of 21, you cannot have any detectable amount of alcohol in your system and drive, not even one alcoholic drink.

If you are arrested for drunk driving on a first time offense and you do not have any aggravating factors such as a high BAC or a minor in the vehicle age 17 or below, then you face the following penalties:

  • One year driver's license suspension;
  • Mandatory minimum $250 fine;
  • Jail – 5 days if BAC registered at or above 0.15%;
  • Jail – 5 days if minor was in the vehicle;
  • Ignition interlock device required as a condition for restricted driving privileges or for full restoration of driving privileges;
  • Mandatory participation in an Alcohol Safety Program (ASAP);
  • One year probation; and
  • You may be liable for up to $1,000 of restitution for the cost of law enforcement, emergency medical services, firefighting and rescue personnel who respond to a crash or incident resulting from the DUI.

These are the penalties for a simple first time DUI with a BAC ranging between .08% and less than 0.15%. If your BAC was at or above 0.15%, or if there was a minor in the vehicle age 17 or younger, or if you had any prior DUI convictions, then you can expect stiffer penalties. For example, if there was a minor in your vehicle at the time of your arrest, then you can be expect additional fines ranging from $500 to $1,000.

Virginia Beach DUI Attorney

Attorney Vaughan C. Jones has defended countless individuals who have been charged with a DUI. There are certain actions that must be taken without delay if you hope to bring forward a successful defense. The first step is a thorough review of the evidence against you. This includes all the details of how you were pulled over, what tests were administered and by whom. No stone should be left unturned when you have been arrested and charged with a DUI. In many cases the charges have been dismissed or reduced. Without legal counsel, the likelihood of such a result can diminish.

In DUI cases, often a “BAC” (Blood Alcohol Concentration) test has been administered. No test is completely without error. It is crucial that the evidence of the test is reviewed, as in the past in certain cases it was discovered that faulty equipment was being used and this discovery was extremely helpful in the case. Some people have been arrested and charged with DUI who were actually not over the allowed level, but the test registered incorrectly. Law enforcement procedure in the case must also be reviewed. Don’t take chances, contact DUI defense attorney Vaughan C. Jones immediately after your arrest.

Contact a Virginia Beach DUI attorney from the office of Vaughan C. Jones without delay if you have been charged with a DUI.

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