What is a DUI?

Driving 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 if the medication impairs your …

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

You will be asked to give a preliminary breath test at the site of your arrest to determine the level of alcohol in your system. If the preliminary test administered at the roadside registers a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 % (by weight by volume} or more, or 0.08 grams or more per 210 liters of breath as indicated by …

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. Higher concentrations of alcohol in your system result in the …

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.