The penalties for a DUI charge include the following:
- First-offense DUI is punishable by up to six months in jail.
- In most states, a minimum jail sentence of at least several days on a first offense is required. Subsequent offenses will result in a jail sentence of several months to a year.
- If the driver killed or injured someone, or because it’s your third or fourth DUI, a jail sentence of several years can be given
- Courts also impose high fines for DUI in addition to a jail sentence. This can range from $500 to $2,000.
- A first time offender’s license can be suspended for 90 days.
- A second time offender’s license for one year
- A third time offender’s license can be suspended for three years
- If you refuse to take a blood, breath, or urine test, it can result in license suspension
- Adult sentences on minors can be imposed, and their license suspended for one year.
Other Forms of Punishment
- Alcohol education and prevention programs, rehabilitation for alcohol abuse, assessment of a person for alcohol or drug dependency, and community service or victim restitution.