If you have been arrested on a DUI charge you should know what the possible penalties are. The penalties vary widely depending on whether you have been charged with your first, second, third or fourth DUI.

If this is your first arrest for DUI you may be eligible for the alcohol education program. If you are accepted into the program you will be required to participate in either a ten or fifteen week educational program and may be required to take part in a victim impact panel or a more comprehensive treatment panel. If you successfully complete the program your charges will be dismissed.

If you have already used the alcohol education program, you are subject to the following penalties:

1st DUI Conviction:

  • Up to six months incarceration, with a requirement that you serve a minimum of 48 hours, but it is possible to perform 100 hours of community service in lieu of the 48 hour minimum mandatory

  • Up to 2 years of probation

  • A fine of $500 to $1,000

  • License suspension for 45 days

  • Use of an ignition interlock device for 1 year after your license is restored

2nd DUI Conviction (within 10 years of your 1st DUI Conviction):

  • Up to 2 years incarceration, with a requirement that you serve a minimum of 120 days

  • Up to 5 years of probation

  • 100 hours of community service

  • A fine of $1,000 to $4,000

  • License suspension for 45 days

  • Use of an ignition interlock device for 3 years after your license is restored

3rd DUI Conviction (within 10 years of your 2nd DUI Conviction):

  • Up to 3 years incarceration, with a requirement that you serve a minimum of 1 year

  • A period of probation including a requirement of 100 hours of community service

  • A fine of $2,000 to $8,000

  • License revoked

If you have been charged with a DUI contact a lawyer today to discuss the options available to you.