When you are charged with a DUI first offense in Virginia, you automatically lose your driver’s license for seven days. This is called a DMV administrative license suspension. The arresting officer confiscates your license from you, and you do not have driving privileges for seven days.
So what is an administrative license suspension? What are the penalties for driving while under an administrative license suspension?
You are not allowed to drive during this seven days, period.
If you do, and you get caught, the penalties are severe. Depending on the mood of the police officer, you can be issued a summons and must leave your car where it sits until you can have someone help you pick it up; or you could be arrested and taken to jail and have your vehicle impounded for up to 30 days. Either way, you’re going to be facing another class one misdemeanor: driving on a suspended license. Most likely, you are going to lose any eligibility for a restricted driver’s license if you are convicted of your DUI.
Again, do not drive during this time.
I had to rely on friends and Uber to get to work, $23 each way. That adds up, but the alternative is not worth the risk.
On the 7th day (or next business day after seven days from the offense), you are eligible to get your driver’s license back. It can be retrieved at the clerk of the court. The process is simple, you sign a paper, and you get it back. At this time, you are free to drive where ever and whenever you want until your conviction. But it is in your best interest to stay out of all trouble, including minor traffic violations.