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Virginia DWI & Virginia DUI Information

Alcohol and Driving 

Alcohol affects virtually every part of your body; however, the affect on your brain and central nervous system are what make you deadly behind the wheel of a car if you are intoxicated. Read more...

 

Drugs and Driving 

Alcohol use is not the only thing that will impair a driver.  Drugs, whether they are illegal or prescription, will put the impaired driver and other drivers on the road in extreme detriment.  If you are under the influence of drugs while operating a motor vehicle, you may face the same penalties as those imposed for driving under the influence of alcohol. Read more...

 

Differences between DUI and DWI 

DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence, and DWI stands for Driving While Intoxicated.  As a general rule of thumb, any alcohol-related traffic incident is referred to as a DUI in the State of Virginia.  No distinction is made between a DUI and a DWI in Virginia and the terms are often used interchangeably. Read more...

 

DUI/DWI Basics 

Virginia is tough on drinking and driving, and the penalties you will face if convicted of a DUI are strict.  Alcohol affects every part of your brain in varying ways at varying times, so the combination of drinking and driving is potentially a deadly one, most definitely a dangerous one.  This is not a mere traffic violation; it is a criminal offense and you will be arrested.  Refusing the Breath Test is not an option; in fact, this is a misdemeanor and will be added to your list of citations. Read more...

 

DWI Attorney Directory 

Need the services of a DWI Attorney? Find one in your area. Read more...

 

DWI Attorneys 

You have only a short amount of time to request a hearing with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, and you want to do this before your license is automatically suspended or revoked.  If an Attorney does this on your behalf immediately following the arrest, you may retain your driving privileges until the hearing. Read more...

 

DWI Costs 

Monetarily speaking, the cost of a Virginia DUI is high.  As mentioned earlier, you will pay fines associated with the degree and frequency of your arrest and conviction, but the costs do not end there. Read more...

 

DWI Laws 

A BAC Level stands for Blood Alcohol Concentration level.  When you are tested for your BAC level, you are being tested to determine the amount of alcohol in your blood.  In Virginia, a BAC of 0.08 will earn you a trip to the police station because you are considered legally drunk and driving under the influence.  While the most significant and consistent impairments are seen at approximately a 0.05 BAC level, a BAC level as low as 0.02 can spur visual impairment in some people. Read more...

 

DWI Penalties 

Make no mistake about it! The penalties for DUI in Virginia are quick and harsh whether you are a teen or adult driver, because this is a Class 1 misdemeanor. Read more...

 

DWI Statistics 

It is estimated that every 30-minutes, someone in the United States is killed in an alcohol-related motor vehicle accident, and every hour in the United States, approximately 67 people are injured in an alcohol-related motor vehicle accident. Read more...

 

Implied Consent 

When you were issued a driver’s license by the Virginia DMV, you understood that this license came with responsibility.  Therefore, you gave ‘implied consent’ to the State to test you for DUI and to suspend or revoke your Virginia driver’s license in light of an offense that broke your unwritten contract to drive. Read more...

 

Reduce California DWI Charges and Fines 

Court ordered enrollment in a VASAP (Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program) is guaranteed if you are convicted of a Virginia DUI.  Similar to Virginia Defensive Driving/Traffic School, this program is designed to help remediate offenders and even has preventative programs in place for the youth of Virginia; the difference, however, is that VASAP specializes in alcohol-related driving remediation, whereas Virginia Defensive Driving/Traffic Schools, such as Driving University, deal with a larger spectrum of traffic violations. Read more...

 

Sobriety Tests 

If you are pulled over for the suspicion of DUI or for another traffic violation, you do not have the option of choosing the type of test you will take.  You will take a Breath Test on-the-spot or at the police station, or you will be cited with a misdemeanor and face other Virginia DMV suspensions and penalties.  Furthermore, your refusal can incriminate you in the eyes of a Judge. Read more...

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