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Virginia updates for DUI cases beginning July 1, 2020

Virginia updates for DUI cases beginning July 1, 2020

Virginia Senate Bill 439 (SB 439) was enacted on April 9, 2020, with the first part of the bill effective on July 1, 2020. This impacts all first-time DUI offenders who tested below .15 at the time of their arrest. The bill eliminates driving location restrictions under a “restricted license” for all first-time DUI offenders with a BrAC below .15, as long as they install an ignition interlock device on all vehicles operated by the individual for at least 12 months.

Restricted license changes for first-time offenses under BrAC of .15 beginning July 1, 2020

For all first-time DUI convictions with a BrAC of less than .15, you can now ask the court to allow for a restricted license and ignition interlock requirement on each car you operate. This restricted license allows you to operate a vehicle, with the only restriction being the installation of an ignition interlock device during the required period. Previously, an individual convicted of a DUI could request a restricted license in order to drive to 14 approved types of locations.

Your ignition interlock must be installed for at least 12 months with no violation for 12 continuous months. The interlock device also must be monitored and calibrated at least every 30 days with proof provided to the Alcohol Safety Action Program. The court can revoke the restricted license for failing to comply with these requirements.

Have questions about the state requirement or to get an IID installed in Virginia today? Call (833) 623-0200.

Changes coming July 2021

Beginning July 2021, repeat offenders or those who otherwise would not qualify for the restricted license can receive the same license if they also utilize a remote alcohol monitoring device during their period of suspension. We will publish an updated blog closer to July 2021.

Intoxalock Can Help

If you’re convicted of a DUI in Virginia, Intoxalock can help you regain your driving privileges. For more information about installing an Intoxalock ignition interlock device in Virginia, call (833) 623-0200.


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