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Virginia drivers facing drunk driving charges should be aware of the consequences they may face if they are convicted. The consequences you face upon conviction will depend on various factors including your criminal history and the circumstances surrounding your arrest. Generally, if you have a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or higher, you will be considered legally intoxicated and be arrested for drunk driving.

If you are convicted for the first time in Virginia, your DUI charge will likely be classified as a Class 1 Misdemeanor. As a result, your license may be suspended for up to one year and you may face a fine of anywhere from $250 to $2,500. However, if you had a blood alcohol concentration of .15 percent or higher, you may also face a minimum of five days in jail, a $250 to $400 fine, up to 30 days in jail, and a one-year license suspension.

Once you are convicted of a DUI-related offense, you will have to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle and any vehicle you plan on driving. An ignition interlock device will measure your blood alcohol level and prevent you from starting the vehicle if your blood alcohol level exceeds to pre-programmed level in the system.

There are a variety of circumstances that may result in different consequences. To find out more about what penalties you may face, you may speak to a criminal defense attorney. Your attorney will review your case and give you a realistic picture of what to expect. Your attorney may also be able to negotiate a plea deal to give you the best outcome possible.

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