Q: What are the typical penalties for First time DWI/DUI offenses in Fairfax County?
In Fairfax County ONLYTypical Penalties:
- $600 FINE with $300 suspended (Payment of $300 plus $169.00 typical court Costs). The maximum fine for a 1st or 2nd offense DUI is $2500.00.
- 30-60 Days in JAIL, usually suspended for first offenders conditioned on good behavior, and meeting all other conditions, and ASAP program completion (maximum jail for DUI is 12 months) NOTE: Accident cases and high breath/blood test cases will often result in part of the jail sentence being imposed, even for a 1st offense DUI.
- Suspension of DRIVERS LICENSE is 12 months:
- a. A restricted driver’s license is available, (in the discretion of the court) which allows driving to and from work, school, and to the ASAP program; also permission to drive to medical appointments, for visitation, and to take children to daycare. Accidents, high breath tests or other factors may delay court approval of restricted license.
- b. Any other driving constitutes driving on a suspended license, another serious misdemeanor offense, but it also triggers imposition of suspended fines and jail time from the original DUI offense.
- c. Conviction of Driving on a Suspended License after a DUI suspension also causes additional fines, jail time, and a 1 year additional suspension of license; in the event of such a violation, no restricted driving privileges are available for one full year.
- Mandatory participation in Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (VASAP):
- a. $400.00 Program fee, payable in installments.
- b. The program lasts 10 weeks, requiring two hours of class per week, in the evening, on Saturday, or daytime, depending on your job or school schedule.
- c. Transfer to another county or state may be available.
- d. Failure to complete the program (or missing classes, re-arrest, positive test for alcohol, drugs, etc.) will result in return to court to face possible imposition of suspended fines and/or jail time, and further revocation of driving privileges.