Driving under influence; mandatory punishment when concentration is elevated above certain amount. (HB1693)

Introduced By

Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Mandatory minimum punishment for DUI; elevated blood alcohol. Eliminates verbiage in DUI punishment provisions that restricts blood alcohol testing to that done pursuant to a DUI arrest/informed consent, thus allowing mandatory punishments to be imposed when the blood alcohol concentration is elevated but the test may have been performed in another, e.g., hospital, setting. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/05/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 094308404
01/05/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/2009Impact statement from VCSC (HB1693)
01/16/2009Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/21/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s)
01/23/2009Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (19-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2009Committee substitute printed 090542404-H1
01/27/2009Impact statement from VCSC (HB1693H1)
01/27/2009Read first time
01/28/2009Read second time
01/28/2009Committee substitute agreed to 090542404-H1
01/28/2009Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1693H1
01/29/2009Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
01/29/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2009Constitutional reading dispensed
01/30/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/11/2009Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/23/2009Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2009Read third time
02/25/2009Reading of amendments waived
02/25/2009Committee amendments agreed to
02/25/2009Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/25/2009Passed Senate with amendments (28-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2009Placed on Calendar
02/26/2009Senate amendments agreed to by House (98-Y 0-N)
02/26/2009VOTE: --- ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2009Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1693ER)
03/09/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB1693ER)
03/10/2009Signed by President
03/11/2009Signed by Speaker
03/27/2009G Approved by Governor-Chapter 229 (effective 7/1/09)
03/27/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0229)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.


Bill writes:

Hmmm, another self serving bill from the DUI attorney, Mr. Albo. This guy is just looking to pass tougher, more complicated penalties to force those charged with DUI to seek additional legal counsel (not to make anythnig safer). For shame...

Why allow a person accused of DUI to automatically be given a more legitimate test on the evidence that is the so-called "smoking gun" in a DUI case - the measure of BAC. No, instead threaten the suspect that if you don't lie down and submit to the Commonwealth's faulty testing devices you will be punished more severely - so don't insist on your rights! End this injustice, educate yourself at www.ridl.us