Every year, countless individuals find their lives turned upside down due to a single mistake: driving under the influence. For those facing a first offense DUI charge, the path ahead can appear overwhelmingly daunting.

Fortunately, understanding the intricacies of this charge and seeking legal guidance can make a world of difference. At Rudolphi Law, our criminal defense lawyer is dedicated to defending the rights of the accused, ensuring that you are well-informed and represented throughout the process.

If you have been arrested for a first-time DUI, it is important to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Rudolphi Law can help you understand your rights and options and build a strong defense against your charges. Contact us today for a free consultation.

What is a First-Offense DUI?
A First Offense DUI refers to an individual’s first offense of driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or both. This legal violation may include:

  • Having a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Over the Legal Limit: Driving with a BAC level that surpasses the legal limit set by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Having a Per Se Concentration of Drugs in your System: Just like with alcohol concentration, the DUI statute in Virginia has statutorily prescribed legal limits for certain drugs.
  • Meeting the Legal Definition of Intoxication: This occurs when, based on the totality of circumstances, a person appears to have enough alcohol, drugs, or both in their system to affect their manner, speech, disposition, muscular movement, and demeanor. This means that you can be found guilty of DUI without a breath or blood test.

Implications of a First Time DUI

Here are some of the impacts of a first-time DUI conviction:
Fines: $250 to $2,500 in fines for a first-time DUI is within the range of penalties typically imposed under Virginia law.

Jail Time: Jail time up to 12 months is possible, though the actual sentence can vary based on specific circumstances such as Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level and other aggravating factors.

Driver’s License Suspension: A statutory 12-month suspension of your driver’s license is part of the penalties for a first-time DUI.

Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP): Completing the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP) is a requirement for all DUI convictions by law. This is a counselling program managed by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Ignition Interlock Device (IID): Installation of an Ignition Interlock is required as a condition for obtaining a restricted license for first offense DUIs and is meant to ensure that the offender cannot operate a vehicle while intoxicated.

Probation: Maintaining general good behavior is a requirement for first offense DUI convictions and will include other conditions like abstaining from alcohol.