Driving under the influence is a serious offense.
When it results in injuries to others, the legal consequences in Virginia can be severe.
Virginia’s DUI laws are stringent, imposing harsh penalties for those found guilty of driving under the influence and causing injuries. A DUI conviction typically leads to fines, license suspension and mandatory attendance at alcohol education programs. However, when an incident involves injuries, the consequences become more severe.
In cases where the DUI results in injuries, the charges can escalate to a felony. Felony charges carry more severe consequences than misdemeanors, potentially leading to substantial fines and lengthy prison sentences. The severity of the injuries sustained by others often influences the degree of the felony, with more severe injuries leading to more significant legal consequences.
Restitution for the injured
Beyond the criminal penalties, individuals convicted of DUI with injuries may need to pay restitution to the person injured. Restitution aims to compensate those who suffered harm for medical expenses, property damage and other losses resulting from the incident. This financial burden can add up quickly, exacerbating the already substantial impact of a DUI conviction.
Ignition interlock device
For those convicted of DUI in Virginia, the court may mandate the installation of an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. This device requires the driver to pass a breathalyzer test before starting the car, serving as a preventive measure against future instances of driving under the influence. The installation and maintenance costs for this device are the responsibility of the person charged.
In 2021, 6,749 crashes in Virginia involved alcohol. While the ramifications of a DUI involving injuries are far-reaching, the right defense may provide a better outcome.