Virginia Man Faces Reckless Driving & Repeat DUI Charges
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Virginia man for DUI, reckless driving, and various other offenses, according to an article by the Loudoun Times-Mirror.
As stated in official reports, a sheriff’s deputy responded to reports of a possible incident on Monday, January 25 at approximately 2 p.m. Near the area of Enterprise Street in Sterling, the deputy observed a potential reckless driver.
After a brief chase, the deputy apprehended the Virginia man near the intersection of Enterprise Street and East Holly Avenue. As a result of this incident, the Virginia man faces multiple charges, including a second-offense DUI and reckless driving.
While this Virginia man awaits further legal developments at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center, it seems like a good time to review the Virginia penalties for first- and second-time DUI and reckless driving.
Virginia Punishment for DUI
Code of Virginia Section 18.2-270 establishes the punishment for DUI. On the first or second offense, this offense is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. But Virginia law imposes various minimum sentences for first or second occurrences, based on the circumstances of the offense. For example:
- First Offense — Includes a mandatory minimum of $250 in criminal fines and, in cases of severe intoxication, the possibility of five to 10 days in jail.
- Second Offense — Includes a mandatory minimum of $500 in criminal fines and 10 to 20 days in jail.
Moreover, Code of Virginia Section 18.2-271 requires license suspension for DUI offenses. For a first or second DUI conviction, the suspension period usually ranges between one and three years.
Virginia Punishment for Reckless Driving
Code of Virginia Section 46.2-868 explains the punishment for reckless driving. Ordinarily, this offense is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor, and offenders are subject to a maximum of 12 months in county jail and criminal fines up to $2,500.
That being said, reckless driving can lead to Class 6 felony charges. In order to face felony charges, the offender must commit reckless driving on a suspended license and cause the death of another person. In these cases, the punishment can include a prison sentence between one and five years as well as criminal fines up to $2,500.
Furthermore, Code of Virginia Section 46.2-393 mandates license suspension for reckless driving offenses, regardless of severity. Depending on the circumstances, reckless driving offenders can face a suspension period between 60 days and six months.
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