¿Cuál es la definición de DUI en Virginia?
DUI, set forth in Section 18.2266 of the Virginia code, states that it is unlawful for any person to drive or operate any motor vehicle, "[w]hile such person has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more . . . . or while such person is under the influence of alcohol, or such person is under the influence of any narcotic drug or any other self administered intoxicant."
In laymen’s terms, this means that a person can be found guilty of driving while intoxicated if:
- Their blood alcohol level when they were driving was .08 or more, as determined by a chemical test (this is called a "per se" statute), or
- If the person is proven to be under the influence of alcohol or under the influence of drugs (this is called a presumption statute).
The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.
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