Q:When does a charge carry an enhancement and what does that mean?

A: In addition to the already severe punishments and conditions for those convicted of a basic first offense DUI in Virginia, if you are found to be excessively drunk or to be engaged in other particular behavior, the laws are drawn to permit an increase or enhancement of what the court may order to be done. Enhancements can be mandatory minimum jail sentences, requirement for the installation of an ignition interlock system, or additional counseling, amongst others. To ensure that you are properly prepared and represented for what the Commonwealth may try to hand down, you should seek the advice of a good local attorney.