If you were charged with a DWI in Virginia, you can expect to face life-long consequences. In particular, commercial vehicle DWIs are even harsher. If you were charged with one, do not wait to reach out to our skilled Richmond DUI lawyer today. Our legal team is on your side.
How does Virginia define a commercial vehicle?
There are a few key distinctions between a commercial DWI and a standard DWI in Virginia. Drivers of standard vehicles that are seen operating a vehicle for non-commercial purposes with a blood alcohol concentration level of .08 percent and above will face DWI charges.
But, it is essential to note that drivers of a commercial vehicle in the state of Virginia are held to an even higher standard when it comes to driving while under the influence of alcohol. A commercial vehicle driver with a blood alcohol concentration as low as .04 percent can be charged with a commercial driver DWI.
Do not wait to reach out to our firm today to speak with one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys if you have been charged with a commercial vehicle DWI in Virginia.
What are the consequences of a commercial vehicle DWI in Virginia?
You want to recognize that the state of Virginia treats DWI charges very seriously. In the event that a commercial driver is convicted of a DWI for having a BAC of .04 percent or above, severe penalties can result. Some instances of potential consequences include the following:
- Potential jail time;
- Commercial vehicle license suspension;
- A large fine;
- Potential requirement to attend an alcohol education class; and
a permanent mark on your criminal record.
A DWI charge can destroy a commercial driver’s career. Even if your ability to legally drive a commercial vehicle is reformed after the amount of time you may be prohibited from driving a commercial vehicle, it is unlikely that another company will want to employ a driver with a DWI history. Because of this, victims of a commercial DWI charge will not only have to pay large fines and potentially spend time in jail, but they also put their current job in jeopardy and also may hinder their ability to find work in the future.
Reach out to our firm today to speak with a dedicated and experienced Richmond criminal defense attorney.
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If you live in Virginia and have been charged with a crime, the time to speak with an experienced Richmond criminal defense attorney is now. Led by Attorney James A. Bullard Jr., our firm has fought on behalf of clients facing serious legal penalties for decades. We handle various criminal and traffic cases, including reckless driving tickets, DUIs, violent crimes, drug crimes, and so much more. Contact James A. Bullard Jr. P.C. today so we can begin formulating a comprehensive defense on your behalf.