Increased Teen DUI Penalties Start July 1st

Posted on June 13th, 2011, by James Livesay in Criminal Defense. Comments Off on Increased Teen DUI Penalties Start July 1st

Soon, teenagers convicted in Virginia of driving after consuming virtually any amount of alcohol will lose their driver’s licenses for a year and be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Currently in Virginia, persons under 21 convicted of driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .02 [but less than .08 BAC when all drivers are presumed to be driving while intoxicated] are penalized with only a six-month driver’s license suspension and a “fine of not more than $ 500.”

But effective July 1st, a new law doubles the driver’s license suspension period (to one year), and elevates such conduct to a Class 1 misdemeanor.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a 120-pound male or female would reach a BAC of .02 after consuming just one drink in one hour. Therefore, under the new law, it may only take a drop of alchohol for a young person to lose his or her license.

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Attorney James Livesay is a Partner at Livesay & Myers. After graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1998, he began his legal career in the Navy JAG Corps, before entering private practice as a Virginia family lawyer in 2001. Along with partner Kevin Myers, Mr. Livesay founded Livesay & Myers in 2003. Today he advises the attorneys in each of the firm’s four offices.

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