Standard DUI Punishments
Neil Shouse (Defense Attorney) gives expert video advice on: What is a standard punishment for a first offense DUI conviction?; What is a standard punishment for a second offense DUI conviction?; What is a standard punishment for a third or subsequent offense DUI conviction? and more...
What is a standard punishment for a first offense DUI conviction?
The standard punishment for a first offense DUI conviction varies by state. But typically at a minimum, would include a period of probation, a monetary fine, a drivers license suspension, and a court ordered alcohol class. In some states - in some locations, the consequences may also include jail.
What is a standard punishment for a second offense DUI conviction?
The standard punishment for a second offense, DUI conviction, varies by state and it would include probation, monetary fines and an alcohol program, as well as a license suspension. However, the length of the license suspension typically is much longer in a second offence, and also most jurisdictions impose a minimum amount of jail time by the time a person reaches a second offense.
What is a standard punishment for a third or subsequent offense DUI conviction?
The standard punishment on a third or subsequent DUI conviction varies by state. However by the time a person reaches a third offense, most states consider it to be a felony or can charge it as a felony and the consequences start to become exponentially greater. Typically that means jail time often in periods of months as opposed to days or weeks, and a long, extensive driver's license suspension.
What is the standard punishment if my DUI results in serious injury to others?
If you are driving under the influence and you cause an accident and that accident causes injuries to a third party, including a passenger in your own car, then you can be charged with the crime of DUI with injury. In most states, a DUI is a felony and it can result in you going to prison for a number of years.
What is the standard punishment if my DUI results in the death of others?
If you drive under the influence and you cause an accident and that accident kills somebody, whether it be another motorist or a passenger in your car or a pedestrian, then you can be charged with either vehicular manslaughter or in some cases, with murder. If you are charged with murder, it's possible that you could go to prison for the rest of your life.
What is the standard punishment for DUI if a minor is convicted?
If a minor is convicted of DUI, and by minor I refer to somebody who is under 21, somebody below the drinking age, in court they are typically subject to the same standards and penalties as an adult would be. However, there is also in many states what is called a zero tolerance policy. What that means is that if a minor drives with any amount of alcohol in his system, even below a .08, he can be subject to a lengthy revocation of his driving privileges.
What is the standard procedure if the police arrest me for DUI?
If the police arrest you for DUI, the standard procedure is that they will handcuff you and transport you either to a hospital or a police station, where you would either give a breath test or blood test or urine test. You would then be booked. That means that you would be fingerprinted, they would take your booking photo, they would ask certain background questions and they would detain you, typically at least as long as it takes for you to sober up.