What is a DUI?

Driving under the influence (DUI) means driving under the influence of alcohol, any narcotic drug or any other self-administered intoxicant or drug of whatsoever nature, or any combination, thereof, which impairs one’s ability to drive or operate any motor vehicle, engine, or train safely. 

Is it true that I can lose my license before I am convicted?

Yes. If you are arrested for DUI and you refuse to take a breath test; or if you take a breath test that indicates a blood alcohol content of .02 percent or more; and you are under the age of 21, then you will immediately lose your license for 7 days. This automatic loss of license is in addition to …

What happens if I am stopped for drunk driving?

In Virginia, it is not just illegal to drive drunk, but it is also illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol (or other stimulant) such that it impairs your ability to drive.  If you are stopped for a DUI, you will be questioned about your consumption of alcohol or drugs, asked to perform field coordination tests, and potentially asked …

What are the penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs?

The law presumes that you are under the influence of alcohol, legally intoxicated, if the breath test shows your blood alcohol content is .08 percent or higher. A first-time conviction of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a Class 1 misdemeanor, which comes with a mandatory minimum fine of $250, driver’s license suspension of one year, and …