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How would a felony DUI conviction affect your future?

On Behalf of | Nov 16, 2022 | Criminal Defense |

Perhaps you already have a conviction for a second-offense DUI or driving under the influence of alcohol. Now the holiday season is approaching with more opportunities for drinking alcoholic beverages.

If you drink and drive again, there is also a greater opportunity for a felony DUI. How would that affect your future?

Virginia penalties

In the Commonwealth of Virginia, a third drunk-driving offense is a felony. You may have to forfeit your vehicle and you will pay a minimum of $1,000 in fines. If the third offense happens within 5 years, you face 6 months behind bars. You will also see your driver’s license revoked for an indefinite period of time. But these are just short-term issues.

Background checks

Most employers, landlords, financial institutions and college admission departments routinely perform background checks on applicants. Having a misdemeanor on your record might prevent you from landing the job you have long wanted or entering the college of your choice. When there is a felony on your record, such difficulties will only increase.

Perception by others

When your DUI is a misdemeanor, you may find that some people view you in a different, unflattering light. With a felony DUI on your record, you may find that you must earn back the trust you once enjoyed in both personal and professional relationships.

Loss of liberty

If you have a felony DUI conviction on your record, you stand to lose certain personal liberties, such as purchasing a firearm or obtaining a passport. You will no longer qualify for government assistance, including federal housing and you may lose the right to vote. Bottom line: If you find yourself facing a felony DUI over the holidays, your attorney can build a defense strategy that will provide you with the best outcome possible for your case.

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