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Is a DUI a misdemeanor in Virginia?

Is a DUI a misdemeanor in Virginia?

“Is a DUI a misdemeanor in Virginia?” If you’re facing charges of driving under the influence, this may be one of the questions going through your mind. The answer, simply put, is yes.

Driving while under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) are classified as Virginia Criminal Class 1 Misdemeanor Criminal charges for your first offense, and a Virginia Felony charges on your third or subsequent offense. DUI consequences can be very serious. If convicted, even in a first offense, you may find yourself spending up to one year in jail, paying up to $2,500 in fines and definite driver’s license suspension.


Conviction of a second offense, would, of course, bring you more serious consequences.

Other Virginia DUI laws require that you will spend time in jail if convicted. If convicted, you would have been so under what is called a “Virginia DUI/DMV Enhance Punishment.”

In addition, the DUI process also triggers an automatic seven-day suspension of your driver’s license, on your first offense, just for being arrested (not convicted) on suspicion of DUI. Conviction can bring you the serious consequences as mentioned above.

Complex DUI Laws

Virginia’s laws regarding inebriated drivers are quite complex; and asking “Is a DUI a misdemeanor in Virginia” is just one of several questions that may be on your mind.

For thorough advice regarding DUI laws in Virginia, you should contact a qualified and experienced traffic attorney such as one at The Irving Law Firm, P.C.. We have served many Northern Virginia residents and look forward to being of help to you, too.

Get in touch with us by calling (703) 468-1885.

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