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In 2018, the state of Virginia reported 240 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities. 73.6% of the intoxicated drivers involved in such fatalities had a blood alcohol concentration of over .15%—almost twice the legal limit. The Virginia legislature imposes strict penalties for DUI offenses in an attempt to curb the practice within the state.

DUI charges in Virginia carry the possibility of significant repercussions for drivers. This is especially true for drivers convicted of DUI on more than one occasion. If you received a DUI charge, waste no time before contacting a Manassas DUI defense attorney to represent you. Our Manassas, Virginia DUI lawyer Michael Pignone has defended thousands of clients against DUI cases and is prepared to provide you with the same zealous advocacy.

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What Counts as a DUI in Manassas County?

Under the Code of Virginia § 18.2-266, it is illegal to drive or operate any vehicle if you:

  • Are impaired by any combination of alcohol and drugs;
  • Have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above 0.08%;
  • Are under the influence of alcohol; or
  • Are under the influence of a drug.
  • The legal limit for the average driver is 0.08. However, if you have your commercial driver’s license and are driving a commercial vehicle, your legal limit is 0.04. Drivers under the age of 21 have a legal limit of 0.02.

Penalties for DUI in Manassas County

Criminal penalties for DUI charges subject offenders to steep repercussions, especially in the event of multiple convictions.

First Time DUI Convictions

An offender convicted of his or her first DUI faces the following potential penalties:

  • Up to one year in jail;
  • Up to a $2,500 fine;
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device;
  • Completion of the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program; and
  • License revocation for one year.

A driver whose BAC registered at or above 0.15% faces mandatory jail time.

Second DUI Conviction

An offender who receives a second DUI conviction within 10 years of the first conviction, faces the following potential penalties:

  • Up to one year in jail;
  • Up to a $2,500 fine;
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device;
  • Completion of the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program; and
  • License revocation for three years.

A driver whose BAC registered at or above 0.15% faces a longer period of mandatory jail time than a driver without a prior DUI conviction.

Third DUI Conviction

Offenders convicted of a third DUI within 10 years of their first DUI conviction face the following potential penalties:

  • Up to five years in prison;
  • Up to a $2,500 fine;
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device once driving privileges are restored;
  • Completion of the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program;
  • Vehicle forfeiture; and
  • License revocation for an indefinite period.

Depending on the time that has passed between prior DUI convictions, offenders convicted of a third DUI face up to 90 days of mandatory prison time. A third DUI conviction is a felony.

A fourth or fifth DUI conviction results in the permanent suspension of the offender’s driver’s license and a potentially longer prison term.

A qualified Manassas DUI defense lawyer can help mitigate the consequences of a DUI conviction.

Aggravating Circumstances in DUI Cases

The presence of certain factors authorizes prosecutors to enhance the penalties available for DUI offenders. The aggravating factors in Virginia include:

  • The presence of a child in the vehicle at the time of the DUI;
  • BAC over 0.15%; and
  • BAC over 0.20%.

Elevated BAC convictions can result in mandatory jail time, even for first-time offenders.

Other Consequences Associated with a DUI Conviction

Even a first-time DUI can result in criminal penalties. However, a DUI conviction can hold other consequences as well. A DUI conviction can lead to:

  • Increased insurance premiums;
  • Difficulty securing employment;
  • Long-term financial ramifications;
  • Inability to secure an apartment;
  • Disqualification from scholarships; and
  • Damage to your reputation.

Anyone facing a DUI conviction has to think about these consequences in addition to their possible criminal sentence. A Manassas DUI lawyer can help you mitigate the effects of these issues and fight to secure a favorable outcome in your case.

Do I Need a Lawyer for My DUI Case?

A Manassas DUI lawyer is an invaluable asset to anyone facing DUI charges. There are a number of legal claims that could apply to your case and help you negotiate a favorable plea agreement. Examples of valid legal defenses include:

  • The traffic stop leading to the DUI was illegal and violated your rights;
  • Lack of implied consent advisement;
  • Testing equipment malfunctions;
  • Improperly administered breath or blood tests; or
  • Proof that you were not operating the vehicle.

A Manassas DUI lawyer will assist you in determining whether any legal defenses apply to your case. They will prepare a strategy to present that information to the district attorney in a compelling way. 

See What Our Clients Have To Say

We know that you could select multiple DUI attorneys to represent you in your case. With our team, you can rest assured knowing that we are providing you with the highest level of legal representation and fighting for your rights. You do not have to take our word for it, have a look at some of our client reviews:

“Mr. Pignone was absolutely fantastic. Extremely professional, extremely well priced and made one of the most stressful times in my life extremely seamless. I can not recommend Mr. Pignone enough.” — Jon

“I recommend Michael Pignone because I had a DUI case and he worked very hard to help my case. Being this was my second offense he was very clear and straightforward with the outcome. He is very understanding and truly cares about the people he represents and takes his cases very serious [sic]. . . . I was given a restricted license for 6 months and have to do classes. I have to be honest I feared jail time but he truly investigated my case and help [sic] with me having to do just those two things. He is awesome and worked with me all the way through and especially understanding my situation.” — Lexie

“I’ve retained Mike Pignone for the past 7 years for alcohol-related DWI charges, he is the best lawyer for these cases. He understands the law and ensured that I received the correct adjudication. I am a retired Marine suffering from PTSD and he got three DUI charges reduced to reckless driving and one misdemeanor refusal. . . .” — Brian

Attorney Michael Pignone has the knowledge and experience necessary to defend against drunk driving charges in Manassas, Virginia. Contact us today to discuss your case with a criminal defense lawyer.

Frequently Asked Questions About Virginia DUIs

Many people do not have experience navigating the criminal justice system. We have provided some answers to common questions asked about DUI charges in Manassas, Virginia.

Do I Have to Submit to Roadside Sobriety Tests?

The short answer is no. Roadside sobriety tests—also referred to as roadside maneuvers—are completely voluntary. An officer uses their discretion when determining whether you pass or fail these tests. However, many people do not realize they can refuse to participate.

If you have questions about roadside sobriety tests, contact a criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of Michael A. Pignone today.

What Is an Ignition Interlock Device?

An ignition interlock device (IID) is a portable breathalyzer that is wired into the ignition system of a vehicle. If the driver’s breath contains any alcohol, the driver fails, and the vehicle will not start. Thus, the driver cannot operate their vehicle unless they are sober. In some cases, the court will require the installation of an IID following a DUI conviction. An IID imposes a significant financial burden on a defendant, as they are responsible for paying the significant maintenance and rental costs for the device.

Contact a Manassas DUI attorney to find out which Virginia DUI charges require the installation of an IID. 

Hire a Manassas, Virginia DUI Defense Attorney Today

Manassas DUI defense attorney Michael Pignone and his team at the Law Offices of Michael A. Pignone have advocated for clients charged with DUI for more than two decades. Defending DUI charges requires knowledge of constantly evolving drunk driving laws and the willingness to take an aggressive approach. While we cannot guarantee the same outcome, in any case, our ability to obtain positive results on a consistent basis speaks for itself.

Contact a Manassas DUI defense lawyer at the Law Offices of Michael A. Pignone online or by phone for a free consultation.

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