All revved up with no place to go? After a DUI in Virginia, you can’t even get to the engine revving part until you go through a gauntlet of moves designed to ensure you are a safe driver. Virginia has a strict stance on drunk drivers, even first-time offenders, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your license back after a DUI. You just have to get through that gauntlet with the help of the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (VASAP).
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your DUI, your journey back to a licensed driving may require classes, treatment services or other DUI-related programs. You’ll have fines, court costs and administrative fees to pay. You will also have a car breathalyzer or an ignition interlock requirement as part of VASAP, even if it was your first DUI. There are programs, services and evaluations for first-time offenders as well as a habitual DUI offender program. Underage drunk drivers may be ordered into a program for those offenses, with a chance at a reduced or dismissed charge once all requirements are met.
All of this helps keep you from making another DUI mistake and puts you back in the driver’s seat, with an ignition interlock, once you have the “thumbs up” from the agency.
If you are facing a DUI in Virginia, and your license has been suspended or revoked, your next step should be to enroll in VASAP. Even if you haven’t been to court for your charge, you can go ahead and get the ball rolling and pre-qualify for acceptance in the program. Once you are in court and get the details of your conviction, and the requirements you must satisfy, you can go ahead through the rest of the steps to get your license back, including an ignition interlock, and get yourself back to normal… ASAP.