Any time a Newport News criminal defendant is convicted of the same crime more than once, penalties can increase substantially. A Virginia defendant convicted of multiple offenses for driving under the influence may be facing severe punishments for a felony. For this reason, any DUI charge becomes a very serious one.
Virginians have a lot to lose when facing drunk driving charges. Depending on the circumstances, a conviction for driving under the influence can result in steep fines, jail time, loss of driving privileges and other consequences. Of course, there is also the threat of having to install an ignition interlock device.