Multiple DUI Convictions and Penalties in Virginia
A 2nd, 3rd or 4th DUI Conviction has Serious Consequences in Virginia
Virginia’s penalties for a first time misdemeanor DUI are among the most severe in the country. Prosecutors and judges take a serious view of repeat offenders, and under state law, the penalties become more severe with each additional conviction. If a police officer has arrested you for DUI, even if you have prior convictions, you are entitled to present the most powerful defense possible. Don’t let yourself be shamed into simply pleading guilty. Get help from the established and effective Virginia DUI attorney– it could be one of the most important decisions you ever make.
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The penalties for conviction after the first time are also determined by how much time has passed since your earlier conviction. With a second conviction within 10 years you face a mandatory minimum 10 days in jail and license suspension of three years. For a second conviction within 5 years the mandatory minimum jail sentence is 20 days and you can expect a minimum of three years of license suspension. The minimum mandatory jail time increases with each subsequent felony conviction and the license suspension can be for an indefinite period of time.
The loss of the legal right to drive can be a serious problem for a person who must drive as part of his employment or must commute a long distance to get to work, school or who is counted upon to drive children to and from school or other duties. Some judges are reluctant to allow restricted driving privileges during the suspension period. A resourceful multiple DUI lawyer at the firm carefully analyzes the prosecution’s case and conducts a thorough investigation in order to craft a defense case that challenges the evidence against you.
Avoiding these severe penalties and loss of driving privileges requires an insightful and determined approach. By working with a Virginia DUI lawyer who has many years of experience and a proven track record of success, your chances of having the charges dropped or reduced are far better. Call the Law Offices of Michael A. Pignone for a confidential consultation and get your case evaluated. It may be that your case could be dismissed. There is no way to discover the flaws and errors in the prosecutor’s case without a full analysis of what happened, the evidence, how it was obtained, the police stop, witness statements, police reports and any other evidence, including breath and blood testing as well as the arrest procedure. Your freedom and ability to legally drive in the future could depend upon the skill with which your case is defended.
Contact the Virginia DUI defense lawyer if you have prior convictions and are facing new DUI charges.