Author: Attorney David M. Williams, Jr.
A new Virginia law increasing the consequences for underage drinking and driving went into effect July 1, 2011.
The 2011 Virginia General Assembly unanimously passed a bill establishing a "zero tolerance" (0.02% BAC) for underage drinking and driving by making it punishable as a class 1 misdemeanor. The punishment for teens that drink and drive - teens convicted of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) - now includes two additional severe penalties:
1. loss of their driver's license for one year from the date of conviction, AND
2. either a mandatory minimum fine of $500.00 or 50 hours…