Is VASAP Required for A Virginia DUI / DWI?

What Is VASAP?

VASAP stands for: Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program.

In a nutshell, if you’re convicted of DUI / DWI in Virginia, the court has to order you to complete VASAP. Yep, it’s a pain.

Is VASAP Required For Virginia DUI?

Virginia Code 18.2-271.1 provides the VASAP requirement. It says that anyone convicted of a first or second offense of Virginia DUI must be ordered to enter into and complete VASAP. In practice, VASAP is typically required as a condition of suspended jail time. In other words, if you don’t complete VASAP as ordered, you could serve more time in jail.

In addition to the risk of jail, you cannot get your Virginia license or privilege to drive reinstated without completing VASAP. Some people end up suspended for a DUI for much longer than 12 months simply because they didn’t complete VASAP.

The problem with VASAP for some people is that it’s costly and burdensome. The VASAP fee is several hundred dollars, and a minimum course of treatment is typically 10 education classes. For second offense DUIs, many people are referred for counseling as well, which costs even more money.

As much of an expensive pain as it is, you’ve got to complete the program if you’re convicted of Virginia DWI / DUI. The good news is that at least your restricted license will let you drive for your VASAP classes and treatment.

Can The Judge Tell VASAP What My Program Should Include?

Not usually. If you’re convicted of DUI in Virginia the law requires you to complete the VASAP program. Unfortunately, VASAP gets to determine the specifics of what your individual program will require.

This is one reason I always suggest making sure to keep your VASAP case manager on your good side. You certainly don’t want to rock the boat and create waves for yourself.

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If you have questions about your DUI case or questions regarding VASAP, we can help! The DUI defense lawyers at Flusche & Fitzgerald have extensive experience helping clients with various DUI questions and programs. Contact our office today!

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My name is Andrew Flusche. I am a traffic and misdemeanor defense lawyer in Virginia. I limit my practice to traffic tickets and misdemeanor defense, so I know the ins and outs of these offenses. I literally wrote the book on reckless driving in Virginia which you can get on Amazon here or download for free here. I opened my practice in 2008 after earning my Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Since then, I have earned over 600 5-star reviews from happy clients on Google, Yelp, and Facebook. If you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor offense in Virginia, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Your initial consultation is always free, and you'll talk directly with me about the details of your case.

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