First DUI Conviction

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First conviction

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.

You call, text or email. Learn what needs to be done. Then do it.

Big grain of salt. Be careful educating yourself from information on web sites. It is all very general, some of it is old and stale, and some is just wrong. Face it. You are going to have to call an attorney. Most good judges will tell you that when you see them in court. So, why not do it now?

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You can expect a very productive 20-minute strategy session over the telephone. Office consultations are available as well. I will tell you everything you might want to know about your circumstance. You have tons of questions, & I have the answers. What could happen to me? Am I going to lose my license? Am I going to Jail? Should I fight my case or take a deal? How long will it take to get through this?

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