A drunk driving conviction is no laughing matter, especially when you consider the consequences you’ll face in court… not to mention the risk you posed to others on the road. Virginia is one of many states that take it very seriously when you are convicted of a DUI, as any first-time DUI offender finds out once the car breathalyzer or ignition interlock is installed in their vehicle. But, those devices are just the beginning of your recovery after a DUI, especially if you continue to drive under the influence of alcohol in the Commonwealth.
Virginia law states that your driver’s license can be suspended or revoked for any DUI, and while you may be given the option to restore your privileges with an ignition interlock, that option is not guaranteed. If you keep on driving under the influence in Virginia, your suspension period will increase, along with your fines and any other consequences from your second DUI. By the time you have three DUI convictions, you are looking at losing your vehicle. Virginia can, and will, require that you hand over your ride. This reduces your chances of a fourth DUI, since drinking and driving becomes more difficult when you do not have a car.
If you think an ignition interlock requirement is frustrating, remember that with the device, you still get to keep, and drive, your own vehicle. Plus, you are doing your part to make sure you are sober when driving, and keeping your own chances of future DUI convictions at bay. Facing a DUI is a tough wake-up call, but, it can be an important turning point in your life where you choose to remain a responsible, sober driver. Any other choice is almost like choosing to hand over your freedom and your vehicle, all for the sake of “one for the road.”