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Virginia Teenage Driving Restrictions


Virginia’s driving restrictions are not meant to penalize teen drivers, but to help them stay safe while they gain valuable driving experience. Studies have found that these restrictions work to reduce the number of car crashes among young drivers.

Curfew Restrictions

If you are under age 18, Virginia law prohibits you from driving midnight to 4 A.M. except when driving:
  • to or from a place of business where you are employed;
  • to or from an activity that is supervised by an adult and is sponsored by a school or by a civic, religious, or public organization;
  • with a licensed spouse age 18 or older, parent or other adult acting in loco parentis who is occupying the front passenger seat,
  • in case of an emergency, including responding to emergency calls as a volunteer firefighter or rescue squad personnel.

Restrictions on the Number of Passengers

If you are under age 18, you may carry only one passenger under age 21, unless accompanied by a licensed parent, or other adult acting in place of a parent, in the front passenger seat. However, after you have held your license for one year, you may carry up to three passengers under age 21 in the following situations:
  • Travel to and from a school-sponsored activity;
  • A licensed driver 21 or older is in the front passenger seat; or
  • In case of an emergency.
Learner’s permit holders may not carry more than one passenger under age 18.
(Passenger restrictions do not apply to family members)
Violations of either the curfew or passenger restrictions can result in the suspension of your driver’s license.

Cellular Telephone/Wireless Telecommunications Device Restrictions

Virginia’s cellular telephone law prohibits the use of cell phones while driving, regardless of whether such device is or is not hand-held.
You can only use a cell phone or any other telecommunications device for a driver emergency and the vehicle must be lawfully parked or stopped.

Field Sobriety Tests and Your Right To Remain Silence In Virginia

In determining whether a driver is intoxicated, police officers use a variety of clues, tests, and machines. However, the most effective tools they use are their mouths. Officers never ask casual questions. When officers approach you, everything they say is calculated to get you to provide them with evidence against you, and they are good… Continue Reading

Playing It Safe On Halloween

Halloween is so much fun because it’s not like other nights of the year. Have fun and stay safe by following these tips: See and Be Seen After dark, kids aren’t usually swarming the neighborhood. But on Halloween night, they are. That’s why kids need to watch out for cars and other traffic. Be sure… Continue Reading

Uncontested Divorces in Virginia

Overview of Uncontested Divorces in Virginia Couples with or without children may obtain an uncontested divorce in Virginia. Uncontested divorces are generally less expensive and faster than contested divorces and are available to spouses that are able to work through the issues of their divorce together. If spouses are able to agree on all issues… Continue Reading

Entrapment: How Far Can Police Go?

Entrapment is a defense to a criminal charge. Although many people think of all police undercover operations as “entrapment,” in fact law enforcement agents and informants may use false identities and deception in their undercover investigations. But there’s a limit: The entrapment defense is an important check on what police can do to make an… Continue Reading

All You Need To Know About DUI/DWIs In Virginia

Introduction Did you know that in 2011 alone, there were more than 200 alcohol-related fatal crashes in Virginia? That means there were over 200 drunk driving accidents that caused people to die. Those people were parents, sisters, brothers, wives, husbands, and children. It’s no surprise that VA cracks down on drunk driving as hard as… Continue Reading

How to Find a Good Lawyer

Consider Your Need Remember, much like doctors or any other professional, lawyers have different areas of expertise. You’ll need to find a lawyer who specializes in the area that you need help in. For example, don’t call a personal injury lawyer to help you with your small claims bid to get your last security deposit… Continue Reading

Amended DWI

My client was charged with a DWI, 2nd in December of 2015, in the County of Prince George.  Knowing this was a serious matter, he hired our firm to represent his interest.  After reviewing the facts of the case, I realized that I had my work cutout for me.  There was no question as to… Continue Reading