As a partner with Furlong & Drewniak, PLLC, Thad Furlong offers experienced counsel in diverse Virginia criminal defense matters spanning juvenile crime, assault & battery, identity theft, and driving under the influence (DUI).
Drivers under suspicion of DUI face a strict set of laws that stem from the Implied Consent Law. All people agree to abide by this law when receiving their driver’s license. As the name suggests, the law implies consent to a law enforcement-administered chemical test in any situation where the officer believes the driver may be operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
DUI charges are not limited to cases in which driving ability suffers impairment from alcohol use. Even in cases where driving was normal and not erratic, 0.08 or higher blood alcohol content (BAC) results in an automatic “per se” DUI violation in Virginia. For a 180 pound male, a .08 BAC level typically results from 3-4 drinks per hour (a drink is defined as an eight ounce glass of five-percent beer, three ounces of wine, or one ounce of 80-proof spirits). In the case of a woman of the same weight, three drinks will generally be enough to reach a .08 BAC. Any registered BAC of .15 or higher carries with it significantly higher fines and mandatory jail sentences.