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Virginia Law § 18.2-266. Driving motor vehicle, engine, etc., while intoxicated, etc.

It shall be unlawful for any person to drive or operate any motor vehicle, engine or train (i) while such person has a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or more by weight by volume or 0.08 grams or more per 210 liters of breath as indicated by a chemical test administered as provided in this article, (ii) while such person is under the influence of alcohol, (iii) while such person is under the influence of any narcotic drug or any other self-administered intoxicant or drug of whatsoever nature, or any combination of such drugs, to a degree which impairs his ability to drive or operate any motor vehicle, engine or train safely, (iv) while such person is under the combined influence of alcohol and any drug or drugs to a degree which impairs his ability to drive or operate any motor vehicle, engine or train safely, or (v) while such person has a blood concentration of any of the following substances at a level that is equal to or greater than: (a) 0.02 milligrams of cocaine per liter of blood, (b) 0.1 milligrams of methamphetamine per liter of blood, (c) 0.01 milligrams of phencyclidine per liter of blood, or (d) 0.1 milligrams of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine per liter of blood. A charge alleging a violation of this section shall support a conviction under clauses (i), (ii), (iii), (iv), or (v).

For the purposes of this article, the term "motor vehicle" includes mopeds, while operated on the public highways of this Commonwealth.

Potential DUI / DWI Consequences

Offense

Maximum Possible Incarceration

 

      Mandatory Minimum      Incarceration*

 

Mandatory License Suspension

ROL = Restricted Operators License

IID = Ignition Intelock Device

Fine

VASAP Referral

 

1st

Class 1 Misdemeanor

 

 

1 year

None if BAC < .15

5 days if BAC .15 - .20

10 days if BAC > .20

 

1 year

ROL eligible with IID

 

$250 - $2,500

 

Mandatory

 

2nd in 5-10 years

Class 1 Misdemeanor

 

 

1 year

10 days if BAC < .15

20 days if BAC .15 - .20

30 days if BAC > .20

 

3 years

ROL eligible after 4 mos with IID

 

 $500 - $2,500

 

Mandatory

 

2nd in 5 years

Class 1 Misdemeanor

 

 

1 year

20 days if BAC < .15

30 days if BAC .15 - .20

40 days if BAC > .20

 

3 years

ROL eligible after 1 year with IID

 

$500 - $2,500

 

Mandatory

 

 3rd  in 5 - 10 years

Class 6 Felony

 

 

5 years

 

90 days

 

Indefinite Revocation

Can request ROL with IID after 3 years & Restoration after 5 years

 

$1,000 - $2,500

 

Not eligible

 

3rd in 5 years

Class 6 Felony

 

5 years

 

6 months

 

Indefinite Revocation

Can request ROL with IID after 3 years & Restoration after 5 years

 

$1,000 - $2,500

 

Not eligible

 

4th or more in 10 years

Class 6 Felony

 

5 years

 

 

1 year

 

Indefinite Revocation

Can request ROL after 3 years & Restoration after 5 years

 

$1,000 - $2,500

 

Not eligible

 

*Mandatory incarceration periods must be served and cannot be suspended.

Installation of an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) is a mandatory condition of a ROL for a 1st Offense.  If forego having an ROL during the 1 year suspension you can avoid having the IID.  However, for 2nd, 3rd, etc. offenses, having the IID installed is a condition for License Restoration.

If offense committed while transporting person 17 yrs old or younger, there is an additional mandatory confinement of 5 days and an additional mandatory fine of $500 - $1,000.

 

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