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What happens if I am arrested for DWI?

If the officer determines that there is probable cause to determine that the person driving or operating a vehicle is legally impaired as a result of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs then he will proceed to arrest and take you to the station. Once at the station you will be required to give a breath or blood …

What is a DUI?

Driving or operating a motor vehicle under the influence (DUI) includes both driving under the influence of alcohol, as well as driving under the influence of any narcotic drug, any self-administered intoxicant or drug or substance which impairs the ability to drive/operate a motor vehicle, engine or train safely. That description also includes impairment by medications legally prescribed to you …

What does zero tolerance for alcohol for under age 21 mean?

Presumably you are under age 21 when you are reading this information. Virginia has enacted a zero tolerance policy concerning alcohol consumption if you are younger than 21. The technical blood alcohol level is 0.02 or higher. This contrasts with the 0.08 required to charge those over age 21. Conviction for underage DUI includes a mandatory minimum fine of $500 …

Can my license be suspended before I am convicted?

If you’re arrested for DUI and if you refuse a breath test, or if your breath test indicates 0.02 results or more and you are under 21, you will immediately lose your license for 7 days. This is in addition to other penalties available to be imposed.

What happens if I am stopped for driving under the influence?

If an officer doing an investigation or a stop has reasonable suspicion that the person driving or operating a vehicle is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, he must then determine whether there is probable cause to believe that the person is legally impaired. The officer may ask you to perform several field sobriety tests to measure your balance …

What are the penalties for DUI for those over 21?

If breath/blood tests provide results showing blood alcohol content at 0.08% or higher, you’re presumed to be driving while impaired. For first-time convictions, DUI is a Class 1 misdemeanor which imposes a mandatory minimum fine of $250, driver’s license suspension for one year, and possible incarceration up to 12 months. However, if the blood alcohol content is at least 0.15, …