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Penalties for DUI

With the recent crackdowns on driving under the influence (DUI), lawmakers are pushing for harsh penalties to be imposed on those convicted of this offense. The consequences for a conviction of DUI are serious and can affect both your personal and professional life. The conviction will show up on background checks and has the possibility of affecting your chances for employment, schooling, housing, scholarships, and more.

The law dictates the punishments for first, second, third, fourth and subsequent DUI crimes. It also defines the penalties associated with elevated DUI crimes like DUI with serious bodily injury or DUI manslaughter. The penalties associated with each offense may include or range from:

First DUI Offense: Misdemeanor

Fine: between $500 and $1,000

Community service: 50 hours

Probation: up to 1 year

Jail term: up to 6 months

License revocation: minimum 6 months

Vehicle impounded: 10 days

DUI School: 12 hours

Second DUI Offense: Misdemeanor

Fine: between $1,000 and $2,000

Probation: up to 1 year

Jail term: up to 9 months

License revocation: between 6 months and 1 year or minimum 5 years (if within 5 years of first offense)

Vehicle impounded: 30 days

Ignition interlock device: up to 1 year 

Third DUI Offense: Misdemeanor

Fine: between $2,000 and $5,000

Probation: up to 1 year

Jail term: between 30 days and 1 year

License revocation: between 6 months and 1 year, or minimum 5 years (if within 5 years of first offense), or minimum 10 years (if within ten years of last two offenses)

Vehicle impounded: 90 days

Ignition interlock device: up to 1 year 

Fourth and Subsequent DUI Offenses: Felony in the Third Degree

Fine: minimum $2,000

Probation: up to 5 years

Prison sentence: up to 5 years

License revocation: mandatory 5 years 

DUI with Serious Bodily Injury: Felony in the Third Degree

Fine: up to $5,000

Prison sentence: up to five years

Probation: up to five years 

DUI Manslaughter: Felony in the Second Degree

Fine: up to $10,000

Prison sentence: mandatory minimum 4 years, up to 15 years

License revocation: permanent

It is important to note that DUI manslaughter can be elevated to a felony in the first degree if the driver suspected of DUI knew or should have known that the crash occurred and failed to give information or render aid. The penalties involved for an elevated DUI manslaughter charge can include a prison sentence of life behind bars.

In addition, the penalties for each DUI offense can be more serious if the charge falls under the umbrella of an aggravated DUI, where the driver has a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15% or higher.