Experienced DUI Attorneys
If you have been charged with a driving under the influence, you need a skilled DUI attorney that will fight for you. The Commonwealth of Virginia takes DUI very seriously. Even for first time offenders, a conviction can dramatically affect your life in a number of ways, including harsh fines, mandatory driver’s license suspension, and possible incarceration. If you are charged with a DUI, it is important to consult with an experienced DUI attorney right away. Michael Fasano, an attorney at the Reed Law Firm, specializes in the defense of drunk driving offenses. Together with our trained staff, we stand ready to assist you. We also offer free consultations to help you understand the charges you may be facing.
Drunk driving laws in Virginia can be complicated depending on the specific circumstances accompanying the charge and the level of a driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) at the time of arrest. Prior charges on a driver’s record can complicate matters further. The following is a summary of the possible consequences you could be facing in the event of a conviction.
A conviction for a first time offense of driving while intoxicated is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor with a mandatory minimum fine of $250, and 1 year license suspension. See, Virginia Code § 18.2-270, § 18.2-271. In the event of a conviction, a restricted license may be permitted by the court. The court must order the installation of an ignition interlock device on the first offense, and enrollment into an alcohol education and treatment program. See, Virginia Code § 18.2-270. A defendant with a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) of between .15 and .20 must serve five days jail. There is mandatory minimum jail time of 10 days for a BAC greater than .20.