Penalties generally imposed by the court for a first-time DUI conviction:
- Minimum sentence of 80 hours of community service or two days in jail (up to a maximum of one year)
- Minimum fine of $1,000, up to a maximum of $6,250
- One year driver's license suspension
- Ignition interlock device
- Drug or alcohol education or treatment
A DUI charge is a Class A misdemeanor, and carries a sentence of up to a year in jail and a fine of $6,250. In practically all DUI cases, the sentence is much less extreme, with a standard two-day jail sentence and a fine of $1,000 for a first conviction. Other fines and payments stack up quickly, however, from the installation, maintenance, and removal of any home detention monitoring equipment and ignition interlock devices, to the fees for a substance abuse program, and insurance. These costs stack up to thousands of dollars beyond legal expenses if you are convicted of DUI.
Aggravating and Additional Factors
Penalties for a first conviction DUI increase considerably if there are aggravating factors. If you are arrested for your first DUII with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .15 percent or more, the fine increases.
The best result is to have your case dismissed. If the case is not dismissed and a plea offer is not acceptable, the best remaining option is to take the case to trial.
By getting acquitted of the DUI charge, you will have shown that the state was unable to prove that you drove while under the influence of an intoxicant, and the charge will disappear.