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Alexandria DWI – Part I

Alexandria DWI – What to expect!

Alexandria DWI | DUI Charges can be a harrowing experience. No one plans for it and no one ever expects that it will happen to them. This series seeks to explain the process in an Alexandria DWI.  Additionally, it will provide an important look on what impacts the DUI / DWI could have on your future.

If you are charged with a DWI in Alexandria, Virginia, you likely want to know what you are facing. Under § 18.266 & 18.2-270 of the Code of Virginia, the maximum penalty for a 1st (First) offense DWI / DUI is up to 12 months in jail and a fine of not more than $2,500.00. DWI / DUI first offenses in Alexandria, Virginia are Class 1 Misdemeanors. A DWI / DUI second offense is still a class 1 misdemeanor but includes mandatory minimum jail sentences and fines. A third (3rd) offense is a felony as is any offense after being convicted of a felony DUI / DWI. Please see the below chart for the mandatory sentences required for DUI Offenses in Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria DWI Offense Chart

Offense Sentence Mandatory Jail Not Subject To Suspension Fine
Min/Max
ASAP DL Suspension Restricted DL Ignition Interlock
1st 0 – 12 Months BAC ≥.15 but ≤.20 = 5 daysBAC > .20 = 10 days $250/ $2500 Required 12 Months May Order Immediately Required
2nd in 5 30 Days – 12 Months 20 Days:BAC ≥.15 but ≤.20 = 10 days

BAC > .20 = 20 days

$500/ $2500Elevated BAC:  $1000 Min Required 3 Years After 1 year Suspension Required
2nd in 10 30 Days – 12 Months 10 Days:BAC ≥.15 but ≤.20 = 10 addt’l days

BAC > .20 = 20 addt’l days

$500/ $2500Elevated BAC:  $1000 Min Required 3 Years After 4 month suspension Required
3rd in 5 [Class 6] 1-5 Years or 12 Months plus $2500 6 Months $1000/ $2500 No Indefinite; May petition court after Min of 5 yrs May petition circuit court after min of 3 yrs Yes, at least 6 months upon restoration of DL or with restricted DL during time of Suspension
3rd in 10 [Class 6] 1-5 Years or 12 Months plus $2500 90 Days $1000/ $2500 No Indefinite; May petition court after Min of 5 yrs May petition circuit court after min of 3 yrs Yes, at least 6 months upon restoration of DL or with restricted DL during time of Suspension
4th in 10 1-5 Years or 12 Months plus $2500 One Year [& probation for time operator’s license is suspended but not > 3 years. $1000/ $2500 No Indefinite; May petition court after Min of 5 yrs May petition circuit court after min of 3 yrs Yes, at least 6 months upon restoration of DL or with restricted DL during time of Suspension
*If a person convicted was transporting a person ≤ 
17 y/o
 =additional fine of $500 – $1000 and a mandatory 5 days confinement.**Can seek forfeiture of the ∆’s vehicle for a 3rd or subsequent offense within 10 years.
Va. Code § 18.2-166 through § 182-.2-272
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