After his DUI offense conviction, this driver was required to install an IID.
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If this is your first DUI offense, don’t assume that you’re going to get off light. Depending on where you got your DUI offense, the consequences can be life-changing and will no doubt affect your privilege to drive.
FIRST DUI OFFENSE
DUI laws vary from state to state. In some states, if convicted, a DUI first offense offense can land you up to a year in jail. There’s also usually a fine that you will be required to pay. You will most likely also be required to attend DUI education classes and/or satisfy community service. Some states require you to install an ignition interlock device in order to drive a vehicle. Your driver’s license will be suspended for some time period.
Keep in mind there are other “enhancements” that could increase your penalties. A few of the enhancements or examples of what can increase your DUI first offense penalties are extremely high blood alcohol content (BAC), reckless driving, driving with a minor in the vehicle, or causing an accident where bodily injury or property damage occurred. Some of these other factors can even make a first offense DUI a felony DUI.
SECOND DUI OFFENSE
If this is your second DUI offense, then you may be somewhat familiar with the process already. A DUI second offense will increase the penalties substantially over your DUI first offense. From the jail time, to the number of months in DUI school, to how long your license will be suspended – all will be increased. In addition, and one of the most costly portions of a DUI offense, your insurance rates will sky-rocket. A second offense for DUI will probably increase your insurance rates tremendously, if they don’t drop you from coverage all together! A second offense will almost assuredly require an ignition interlock device in order to drive.
THIRD DUI OFFENSE AND BEYOND
In many states, a third DUI offense will become a felony. Felony DUIs may send you to state prison for years rather than local custody. You may be required to enroll in and complete a residential treatment program that may last months. Even if you do not go to prison, you still face significant jail time and a lengthy probation period.
Whether you’re facing your first DUI offense, your second, or your 4th offense; it is absolutely crucial for you to consult with a DUI attorney that will protect your rights and argue for dismissal or mitigate penalties as much as possible.