In Virginia, you are considered Driving Under the Influence if your blood alcohol content is 0.08% or greater. The law applies to the operation of any vehicle that contains an engine, including motor vehicles, trains, boats, motorcycles, watercraft and mopeds. You can also be considered Driving Under the Influence if your driving is impaired by doctor-prescribed narcotics or illegal drugs.

Penalties for Driving Under the Influence vary depending on the severity of the alleged offense and previous DUI convictions, but are potentially severe and damaging, even for a first offense. Punishments include mandatory jail time, large fines, mandatory ignition interlock, required attendance in Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program classes, temporary and permanent license revocation and permanent forfeiture of your vehicle.

Punishments are set by legal statute, leaving trial judges little discretion in sentencing.

DUI cases are handled by skilled prosecutors hired by the Commonwealth of Virginia and prosecution varies by jurisdiction. If you have been accused of a DUI offense, it is critical that you obtain skilled representation in the jurisdiction where your case is being tried to fight on your behalf.

If you or a someone you know is involved in a DUI case, please call the experienced attorneys at Bush & Taylor Law Firm in Virginia Beach, Suffolk & the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Don’t try to fight this battle alone. You need a skilled and experienced professional on your side. Contact us today to start building your case now.