Changes to DUI Law Arrive July 1, 2012

The Commonwealth of Virginia has gained a reputation for being tough on repeat DUI offenders.  In 2012, the Virginia General Assembly took the lead in enacting tougher consequences on first time DUI offenses.  On July 1, the 18.2-266 will provide that a person who is convicted of DUI is required to have an ignition interlock on the first offense as a condition of a restricted license. This amended a longstanding requirement for an ignition interlock to be imposed only upon a second or subsequent offense or when the offender’s BAC is above 0.15 percent. The new law also provides that a court may authorize a restricted license for travel to and from the interlock installer and adds further restrictions on the type of vehicle allowed to be driven in vehicles with an interlock device installed.

If you have been charged with a DUI in Richmond, Chesterfield, Powhatan, Dinwiddie, Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg, Hanover, Goochland, New Kent or in another jurisdiction, please call Winslow & McCurry, PLLC for a consultation at (804)423-1382.