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Consequences of a second DUI conviction in Virginia

With the holiday season in full-swing, it is common to be spending time with family, reuniting with friends or attending work parties. These festive gatherings will typically have plenty of food, fun and maybe even alcohol. As you may already be aware, the holiday season is a time when DUI arrests increase dramatically. If you are not already taking the proper steps to stay safe while driving this holiday season, you should seriously consider doing so. Especially, if you already have a DUI on your record. A second DUI in Virginia will cause you to receive harsher penalties than your first.

Being convicted for DUI can be an overwhelming and stressful experience that can bring with it a stigma of irresponsibility. Having it happen a second time will likely bring all these same emotions back to. But hopefully before that happens, here is what you can expect from a legal point of view by a second DUI conviction in Virginia.

DUI penalties for second DUI in Virginia

As you would imagine, the penalties for receiving your second DUI conviction will be greater than what you first encountered. The severity of what you will be faced with for a second conviction is contingent on how long it has been since your first DUI. Besides the automatic $500 fine for the Class One Misdemeanor, your second DUI conviction within five years will also come with a minimum of 30 days in jail. If your blood alcohol level (BAC) is between .15 and .20, it will add on an additional 10 days in jail. If you happen to have a BAC of .20 or higher, an extra 20 days of jail will be added to your 30-day minimum.

License suspension

The long-term effect of a second DUI conviction will come with your driver’s license. You can expect to have your license suspended for three years. This means finding alternative ways to get to work, pick-up children or just doing daily errands. The cost of paying for transportation during that time can be costly. If it has been between five and 10 years since your previous DUI conviction, you will have the opportunity to apply for a restricted license in four months’ time. However, if your first conviction was within the last five years, you will need to wait one year to apply.

Interlock ignition

As a consequence of your new DUI and having your license suspended, you will be required to install an interlock ignition system in your car. This type of ignition will have a breathalyzer attached to it that you will need to blow into prior to starting. The car will not start if you are over the legal BAC limit.

If you are someone who has a previous DUI conviction, especially within the last five years, it is important to know the consequences of being convicted again. Whether it is the holiday season or at any time of the year, take into consideration your actions, as the penalties of a second DUI conviction in Virginia will be much stricter the second time around.

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