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Are DUI Penalties Harsher Around the Holidays?

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The holiday season has officially begun and many people are looking forward to Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s celebrations. For many, these events will involve alcohol. Because of this, DUI rates typically increase around the holidays. Since there tends to be a higher number of DUI arrests at this time, are the penalties also more severe to discourage this illegal behavior? Let’s discuss.

Do DUI Penalties Change Based on the Time of Year?

No, the penalties for driving under the influence are the same year-round. However, police patrols may increase on weekends or at times of the year when there is expected to be a higher number of drivers on the road. Additionally, sobriety checkpoints may be set up in high-traffic areas. At these checkpoints, the police will randomly examine drivers for signs of intoxication.

The Penalties for DUI in Virginia

It’s essential to know the potential penalties for a DUI in Virginia, regardless of the time of year. Knowing the potential consequences is important when it comes time for you to decide whether or not to get behind the wheel.

A standard, first-offense DUI in Virginia is punishable by:

  • Driver’s license suspension
  • Up to one year in jail
  • A fine of $250 - $2,500

These penalties can increase if:

  • It is a repeat offense
  • The driver’s BAC was above 0.15%
  • The impaired driver caused an accident resulting in someone’s injury or death
  • The driver did not have a valid license at the time of the offense
  • The driver was on probation at the time of the offense

You Need Tillotson & Martin, LLC for Your Virginia DUI

Our attorneys at Tillotson & Martin, LLC literally wrote the book on DUI laws in Virginia. We are highly regarded as DUI defense attorneys and have helped countless drivers avoid the harsh consequences of a criminal conviction. If you are or were charged with driving under the influence, give our team a call at (757) 568-7978.