Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious criminal charge that the court levels against those who showed clear signs of intoxication and those who had a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit in the state. Make sure you work with an attorney who can clearly explain to you the consequences of a conviction in your state.
Jail and/or Community Service
A first offense will typically result in a fine, but the court may determine that you should spend time in jail and/or complete community service. Jail time for first offenses is often rare. Judges may sentence you to jail because you used drugs at the same time that you used alcohol or because you had a higher concentration of alcohol in your system. Jail time may range from one night to three days.
Losing Your License
After a second conviction, you may lose your license. Revoking an individual’s license is something the court will only do if the judge determines that you should not have one. He or she may require that you use specialized DUI plates and limit your driving only to and from work and home.
The judge may also require that you use an ignition interlock device that tests your blood alcohol concentration before you drive. Multiple convictions will likely result in the total ban of your license. Whether you face your first DUI charge or have multiple convictions, speak with an attorney.