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How many DUIs can you get in Virginia before serving jail time?

On Behalf of | Jan 3, 2022 | Criminal Law

Many people believe themselves to be sober enough to drive, only to find that their blood alcohol content is above the legal limit of .08.

Those same people may think the same thing a few months or years later, and again face the consequences of impaired driving. Here is information on how subsequent driving under the influence charges could impact your life.

What constitutes a DUI

In addition to having a .08 or higher blood alcohol content, authorities file DUI charges for cases in which drugs or alcohol-impaired the driver.

What are the penalties for subsequent DUIs

A conviction for a second DUI conviction is:

  • Minimum $500 fine
  • Three-year driver’s license revocation
  • Possibly one-year jail sentence

A conviction for a second DUI within ten years carries the additional penalty of ten days in jail. Further, penalties for a second DUI within five years entail a jail term of at least 20 days.

If convicted of a third DUI within ten years, permanent revocation of your driver’s license ensues. In addition, a third DUI conviction includes a $1,000 fine. Those found guilty of a third DUI within five years face incarceration for six months or more.

What to do if facing multiple DUI charges

If you find yourself facing your second or third DUI charge, consider contacting an experienced attorney. These professionals understand the legal system and can help you to navigate it to restore as much normalcy as possible to your life.

Those facing multiple DUI charges should remain calm and refrain from driving under the influence of any drugs or alcohol in the future.