Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is taken very seriously in Virginia. The consequences of being convicted of a DUI in Virginia are significant. Most people are not aware of the far-reaching effects of a DUI conviction. At CowanGates, we want our clients to think twice about driving while impaired. Here is a breakdown of what will likely happen if you are arrested for a DUI in Virginia:
I. Day of the Arrest
- You will spend the night in jail.
- You will need to have someone pay a bail bond to get you out of jail ($500 to $2500).
- You will suffer extreme embarrassment and humiliation.
- Your vehicle will be towed.
- You will need a ride to retrieve your vehicle from the impound lot ($150-$200).
- If you had a child in the car, you will receive a separate charge of child endangerment (misdemeanor or felony, depending on circumstances).
- If you had a pet in the car, the animal will be taken to the county pound and you will have to pay to retrieve it.
IV. Costs of Drinking and Driving
- Vehicle towing – $150-$200
- Posting bail – $500-$2,500
- DUI attorney fees – $1,000-$5,000
- Court costs/fines – $350-$3,000
- Restricted license – $120
- VASAP classes – $350-$1,000
- Ignition interlock device and monitoring fees – $600
- Increased car insurance rates – $1,000-$2,000
- Felony conviction (third offense): loss of right to vote and loss of right to possess a firearm
- Loss of concealed weapon permit
- Loss of employment – most law enforcement, fire, and military have a zero tolerance policy and you will be fired.
TOTAL COST: $5,000 – $20,000