The first experience of being charged for criminal offense of driving under the influence or DUI in Virginia, can be a very overwhelming experience for an individual. Most fist time offenders usually do not have any idea about what to expect and how to reach to the whole situation. Although if you are convicted for the first offense of DUI, the penalties or punishments will be not that severe as compared to the subsequent charge for DUI in Virginia but they are still quite strict and if accompanied be a few aggravating factors such as an increased blood alcohol content level (BAC) or incident of DUI leading to an accident can result in more severe punishments. Under the VA Code 18.2-266, it is against the law to drive a motor vehicle with a BAC level of 0.08 or higher. It is also against the law to drive a motor vehicle under the influence a drugs or a combination of drugs and alcohol.
The offense of DUI in Virginia is a serious charge, which can have lifelong impact. Although the charges for a first DUI offense is not that severe, still it is recommended to hire a DUI lawyer that can help you in dealing with filing the right documents, taking appropriate measure to attempt to get the charges dropped or conclude the case with minimum charges. Generally speaking, patrol officers in Virginia have a wide range of indicators to draw from when it comes to the interpretation of the fact that either a person is driving under the influence or not. Among potentially observed irregularities in your driving pattern, standardized field sobriety tests (SFSTs), or even most insignificant seeming details such as unclear speech or blood-shot eyes, there are a number of prospects for a patrol officer to substantiate pulling over and breath test.
When you have been charged with your first offense of DUI in Virginia, you must consult a DUI lawyer to provide you with appropriate support in the further legal process to deal against the charge. An experienced Virginia DUI lawyer can help you get the best results and to minimize the charges. Usual charges for a first DUI offense may entail suspension of driving license, and a fine of minimum $250 if there are not further aggravating factors.