Penalties For A DUI Conviction

Possible Penalties
Depending on the circumstances of the arrest, a person may be facing different penalties. For certain DUI convictions, a person may be subjected to the following:

  • 1st conviction1,460 in fines, minimum of 24 hours in jail with a maximum of ten days; three months to a year of ignition interlock device installation
  • 2nd conviction3,410 in fines, minimum of 30 days in jail with a maximum of three months; a drug treatment or screening program; up to one year of drivers license suspension; a minimum of a month completing community restitution; mandatory installation of ignition interlock device

Although certain states do not allow for a person to have their charge pled down to a wet reckless, they may be able to have their charge reduced through a plea bargain or dismissed under special circumstances.

Refusing to Take a Test
In some states, once a person gets their drivers license they are also deemed to give their permanent consent to submit to blood and breath tests for alcohol if they are pulled over. Thus, if a person refuses to take one of these tests, they could face certain penalties, which are as follows:

  • 1st Offense one year of drivers license suspension
  • 2nd Offense two years of drivers license suspension
  • 3rd Offense two years of drivers license suspension

A DUI or refusal to take a test charge could carry penalties that drastically alter your life, making it vital that you seek legal support during this time. A qualified DUI attorney can help to protect your legal rights and interests in this situation.