First drunk driving offense penalties and consequences
Whether you are facing a first-time 1st misdemeanor DUI case you’re concerned about your driver’s license, the criminal penalties and their long-term effects.
Generally speaking: If you are: twenty-one (21) or older, have no DUI or “Wet Reckless” convictions within ten (10) years, have a basic driver’s license, did not refuse a chemical test, and are convicted of a first DUI you’re facing at a minimum:
- Informal probation of 3-5 years during which you have to: Obey all laws; Not drive unless licensed and insured; Don’t refuse a chemical test if arrested for DUI; and Don’t drive with measurable amounts of alcohol.
- Forty-eight (48) hours in jail which may be served on Sheriff’s Work Project, Community Service, or Electronic Monitoring.
- A fine of approximately Two Thousand Eight Hundred Dollars ($ 2,800.00).
- A three (3) month alcohol education program if your test result is less than 0.15, a six (6) month alcohol program if your test result is .15 to .19, and a nine (9) month alcohol program if your test result is 0.20 or higher.
- Suspension of your driver’s license for a minimum of 6 months. After one (1) month of “no-drive-at-all” suspension you may obtain a restricted license which allows you to drive to, from and course of your employment and to and from the alcohol school. Or, after one (1) month of a “no-drive-at-all” suspension, an unrestricted license if you install an Ignition Interlock Device (I.I.D.). The possible installation of an ignition interlock device (“I.I.D.”) in any vehicle you own or operate is for a period of 5 months.
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Please keep in mind that any conviction for a DUI may cause your auto insurance rates to jump sky high!
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