Q: Is DUI a felony in Virginia?
A: In some circumstances, yes. DUIs in Virginia will generally be misdemeanors until you've had your third offense in a ten-year period - that is a Class 6 felony. In VA, Class 6 felonies mean a term of imprisonment of no less than one year, no more than five years, or in the discretion of the jury or the court trying the case without a jury, confinement in jail for no more than 12 months and a fine of no more than $2,500, either or both.
One situation in which you can be convicted of a felony regardless of how many previous DUIs you have is if someone dies due to your actions. If you are driving drunk and someone dies as a result, you can be charged with vehicular homicide, which is a felony, as well.
Along with all of the fines and prison time, you also have to realize that you will live your life as a convicted felon. This is something that can impact job opportunities and other important facets of your life. Many people who live in Virginia work in Washington D.C., and if you have a felony on your record, getting a government job will be next to impossible. Getting almost any job will be next to impossible. You also will not be able to vote or own weapons.
If you are facing a DUI felony conviction, it's time to get serious and talk to an experienced Virginia DUI defense attorney at Jarrell, Hicks, and Waldman, PC. We know how the VA legal system works and will work hard to represent you properly to minimize any penalties you may have coming your way. Call today for a free consultation at 888-783-9701.