First-Time DUI in Virginia Beach

Can You Go to Jail for a first-time DUI?

Getting arrested for a driving under the influence (DUI) can be a frightening and overwhelming experience, especially if someone’s first time. You might be wondering, will I go to jail? While most DUI offenders are placed on probation or other types of punishment, depending on the circumstances of your case, the courts may sentence you to serve jail time. In addition to that, you may also have to pay an expensive fine, have your license suspended, and you will have a permanent mark on your criminal record.

If you have been arrested for a DUI in Virginia, our Virginia Beach DUI lawyer is capable of helping you either get your penalties reduced or your case dismissed. With more than 18 years of experience under our belts, our legal team has a comprehensive understanding of the state laws in order to develop a solid and personalized defense strategy for you case. Let us protect your rights and reputation today.

First Time DUI Penalties

If you are 21 years of age or older and had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% upon your arrest, you can be charged with a DUI. A first time DUI is considered a class one misdemeanor in Virginia, which is punishable by a maximum jail sentence of 12 months with no minimum sentence.

However, if your BAC is at least .15, but less than .20, you may serve a mandatory minimum of five days in jail. If your BAC is .20 or higher, you may serve a mandatory minimum of 10 days in jail.

You must also pay a fine of up to $2,500, with a mandatory fine of $250. Your license is automatically suspended for up to 12 months, with an opportunity to apply for a restricted license.

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