License Suspension, Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program, Ignition Interlock and More!
Welcome to the Aftermath of DWI/DUI in Virginia!
One of the first things that hits you, after the alcohol in the blood has subsided, is that your driver’s license may be suspended for one year if you are convicted under the strict DUI/DWI laws of Virginia.
However, you are free to appeal the court for a restricted license, but the granting of such is at the discretion of the presiding estimate.
So what is a restricted driver’s license?
This kind of license allows you to move around in a limited manner, instead of completely stopping you from driving your car.
for example, with a restricted license, you can commute to and from work, in addition as excursion around during working hours (if the trip is related to work and you have a observe from your boss or some other confirmation of purpose (exactly what you want to ask your boss for, right?)).
With a restricted Virginia driver’s license, you are also able to excursion to/from the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program and other court ordered probation activities.
A restricted license will permit you to excursion to and from school, medical care and to transport your children to/from the same kinds of things.
If you are convicted of DWI/DUI with blood alcohol concentration of .15 or greater, then your restricted license will be contingent upon an ignition interlock system being installed in your car.
This system automatically records the driver’s BAC by a breath analyzer every time the car is started. The driver also has to blow into the breath analyzer every 5 to 20 minutes (more fun, right?)
As the Holidays approach, more and more police and law enforcement will be on the roads looking to bust drunk drivers in Prince William County, Manassas, Warrenton, Culpeper and Fauquier County, Virginia.
In fact, roadblocks are already being planned, in addition as other tactics to find and apprehend folks drinking and driving. (Statistics show that DWI/DUI arrests are at their highest rates of the year in Virginia during the Holiday party season-no surprise, right?)
Remember-all of these penalties, costs and inconveniences (by the way, I haven’t already mentioned the costs of a good Virginia DWI/DUI lawyer or the expensive insurance rates you will be paying) can be avoided by simply calling a cab or car service, using the designated driver system or crashing on your friend’s couch for the night.