When it comes to a DUI, the biggest concern of many individuals charged is what penalties they may face should they be convicted of the offense. It’s a valid concern as there are numerous factors to consider, and the penalties can be steep.
Penalties also vary depending on how many times a person is convicted for a DUI and how serious the offense was. To give you a better understanding of the penalties associated with a DUI, here is some information on first, second, and third DUI convictions.
Penalties for a First-Time DUI
A first offense is punishable by up to 93 days in jail, as well as fines ranging from $100 to $500. The offender would also have to spend 45 days in a community service program and may be required to install an Ignition Interlock Device, which prevents the driver from starting his or her vehicle without first blowing into a breathalyzer to ensure they are sober.
Penalties for a Second-Time DUI
A second-time DUI is punishable by jail time ranging from five days up to one year. The fines also increase to a range of $200 up to $1,000 and community service requirements reach 60 days minimum. Vehicle immobilization is considered mandatory and there is the potential of having to install an IID on your vehicle.
Penalties for a Third-Time DUI
Someone who is arrested for a DUI a third time can face up to five years in prison and fines can reach up to $5,000. There is a minimum 30-day probation with jail up to a maximum of one year, maximum 180 days of community service, and possible IID. Vehicle immobilization is mandatory.
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