What Happens When One Is Convicted of a DUI

For first time offenders, you could be facing a minimum of 96 hours to a maximum of 6 months in jail. Your driver’s license will be suspended for 6 months. For second time offenders you will be facing 90 days to 1 year in jail with a 2 year license suspension. The third offense subjects you to 120 to 1 year in jail with a 3 year license suspension. The fourth and any other subsequent DUI offense can be treated as felonies where a you could be facing 16, 2 or 3 years in prison. A minimum of $390 and a maximum of $1000 will be imposed. Other assessment and administrative fees will apply.

The court does have discretion to grant probation on a DUI violation. The grant of probation which ranges from 3-5 years will reduce mandatory jail time, subject to your enrollment in DUI classes and a promise to obey certain mandatory conditions of the probation.

Other factors can serve to increase the penalties of a DUI conviction. These factors include your alcohol level, whether you refused to take a blood test, and whether any injury or damage was caused.

If you are facing DUI charges hiring the right attorney is critical. If the case can not be dismissed or your are found guilty, a competent attorney can ensure that you get the lowest possible sentence. Judges have great discretion during the sentencing process and having the right attorney can make a big difference.