Getting a DUI in Virginia is serious and can impact your life for many years to come. If your actions cause injury to innocent people, you could face significant liability for damages.
In some states, Dram Shop laws might reduce the consequences of your DUI. However, in Virginia, no such law exists to soften the blow of your actions. Knowing your responsibilities can help you plan your next steps.
Understanding Dram Shop Laws
The intent of Dram Shop laws is to protect victims of DUI-related crimes. However, under the right circumstances, they might also minimize the consequences for the person responsible for the DUI-related crime. For example, if the courts find that an establishment exhibited negligence when serving alcohol, served underaged patrons or continued to serve alcoholic beverages after closing time, they may be partially at fault and have to assume some of the liability of a victim’s injuries.
Because Virginia has no Dram Shop laws, the liability of any injuries resulting from your DUI rests on you. Even if you feel that an establishment irresponsibly served you alcohol and contributed to your actions, you will most likely have to shoulder the consequences alone.
Preparing for your defense
The consequences of DUI in the state of Virginia are some of the strictest in the country. According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, even a first-time offense will result in a one-year revocation of your driver’s license. This outcome will also accompany a monetary fine. Given the seriousness of the consequences, having a good defense against your actions might go a long way in helping you retain your freedom and reputation.
Recognizing and accepting that you will need to satisfy the legal consequences of your DUI could give you the incentive to start strategizing a plan. With the right approach, you might have a winning shot at minimizing the impact of your actions on the remainder of your life.