DUI Statutes in Virginia

How Long Does a DUI Conviction Stay on Record?

A DWI (Driving while intoxicated) or DUI (driving while under the influence) is a severe offense, so it is in your best interest to hire a DUI attorney in New Kent, Virginia. These offenses have serious consequences that can follow you for a long time even after you’ve paid your dues. In Virginia, a “DWI” is the way Virginia law refers to this crime, but the terms DWI and DUI are often used interchangeably.

A DWI occurs when someone is arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, including illegal drugs, prescription medication, or over-the-counter medication. In Virginia, you may be charged with DWI if you are under the influence of any substance that impairs your ability to drive, regardless of whether it is prescribed to you, or you possess the drug illegally.

How Does a DUI/DWI Affect My Driving Record?

In Virginia, a DWI or DUI conviction will remain on your criminal record permanently, staying on your DMV record for 11 years from the conviction date. While the DWI is still attached to your DMV record, it is visible to anyone who requests it. This means that employers, insurance companies, and law enforcement can see the conviction.

Consequences for having a DWI or DUI conviction on your driving record, include:

  • Increased insurance premiums
  • Impact on employment opportunities
  • Driving license suspension
  • Ignition interlock device
  • Fines

Remember alcohol and operating a vehicle do not mix! Drinking and driving can land you in a severe accident, injuring yourself, your passengers and the other party that you crashed into. If the crash is fatal you may also face vehicular manslaughter charges as well. Always designate a driver or call for a ride if you are to intoxicated to drive because it is a small price to pay in comparison to the mark it leaves on your record and the potential damages you may cause to someone else’s life.

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