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DUI Charge? Get A Virginia DUI Lawyer You Can Depend On.

The ramifications of a DUI can be significant. Virginia DUI laws are harsh. A first-offense DUI conviction can lead to fines, a year without driving privileges and a criminal record. A second offense can result in up to a year of jail time.

Here at Big Valley Law in Harrisonburg, Virginia, we know how important it is for you to face DUI charges with a DUI lawyer who has skill and experience. We bring both to the table for every DUI case. For decades, our attorneys have defended clients who are facing a DUI charge or a second DUI. You can trust our attorneys to put you and your future first.

Underage Drunk Driving Charges

For underage college students at James Madison University or Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, the consequences of a DUI can be severe. A DUI conviction can mean:

  • Criminal offense classification
  • Up to 12 months in jail
  • Up to a $2,500 fine
  • Mandatory minimum $500 fine OR minimum 50 hours of community service
  • 12-month license suspension

Underage drinking and driving happens, and in Virginia, you can get a DUI with a blood alcohol content of only .02. That’s a quarter of the normal legal limit; if you’re 20 years and 364 days old, you could be arrested when a 21-year-old may not.

How Our DUI Attorneys Can Help

From the initial consultation, our DUI attorneys will work closely with you to build a strong DUI defense. We offer comprehensive insight into the legal process.

Your attorney will examine every element of your DUI charge, to ensure that the police did not violate your rights. Was the stop legal? Did the police officer have probable cause? Was the field sobriety test administered properly?

Our criminal defense lawyers will explain your options in simple terms. We gladly answer your questions. We get to know you and your DUI case so that we can work hard on your behalf. You are more than a case number to us.

Remember, a DUI conviction could hurt your status at school, your reputation and your career opportunities. In addition, you could face much higher insurance rates. Our DUI attorneys know that the legal process often feels overwhelming, so we will walk you through it and work to protect your future at every turn.

Frequently Asked Questions About DUIs In Virginia

While DUI laws are very complex, many of the issues that our clients come to us for are similar. Our attorneys at Big Valley Law have helped answer hundreds of questions. Here are a few of the most common we hear:

What DUI laws exist in Virginia?

Virginia DUI laws are meant to reduce the number of people drinking and driving. Virginia DUI laws are complex and cover a multitude of situations, such as underage drinking and driving, mandatory alcohol education, ignition interlock devices, implied consent and more. Because every client’s situation is unique, our lawyers must understand exactly why a client is reaching out and provide solutions to their issues.

What is the legal limit in Virginia?

Alcohol raises a driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC). In Virginia, when a driver’s BAC level meets or surpasses 0.08%, then a driver has violated traffic laws. The police can test a driver’s BAC levels with breath, blood or urine tests.

What happens for a first-offense DUI?

A first-offense DUI in Virginia is a Class 1 misdemeanor. A conviction can result in up to 1 year behind bars, up to $2,500 in fines and license suspension.

Is there a difference between buzzed driving and drunk driving?

Buzzed driving may not cause a driver to exceed the legal BAC limit, but it is still just as dangerous as drunk driving. You can still be charged with a DUI if you are under the legal BAC limit but still impaired.

Learn More About DUIs

These are not the only questions our lawyers have been asked. We write extensively about DUI law questions on our blog, including:

If you do not see your question listed above, then a lawyer at Big Valley Law can help you. Call 540-904-0243 or email to schedule your initial consultation.

Contact Us Now, Get The DUI Defense You Need

Call Big Valley Law at 540-904-0243 or contact us online to arrange an initial consultation with one of our DUI lawyers. We are here to help with your drunk driving charge.