Even one DUI can be too much
Most people will agree that driving while intoxicated is a bad idea but everyone makes mistakes. A single DUI will be a painful experience but it probably won't disrupt your life too much. If it is your second, third or fourth DUI then your prospects are dramatically worse. You could be punished with massive fines, loss of license and sizeable jail sentences.
There are certain minimums that each state requires when it comes to punishing a DUI. The closer you can get your penalties to these minimums the better off you are but for that, you will need a DUI attorney. An experienced DUI attorney can negotiate on your behalf to get the least penalties possible and if you are not happy with those then they can take your case to court. Our DUI attorneys have years of experience in these types of cases and we would be happy to discuss your case with you. Don't try to go through it alone, call us today to set up a free consultation.
Is .08% blood alcohol content the golden rule when it comes to legal intoxication?
Most states do use .08% as a guideline but it depends on your age as well. If you are:
- Under 21 years of age the limit is .02%
- 21 or older the limit is .08%
- A commercial driver the limit is .04%
How extreme are the penalties if you are a multiple offender?
The main things that will change depending on your past offenses are how long you will lose your license for, how much you will have to pay in fines and how long you may have to be in jail. It breaks down like this:
- If it is your first DUI in ten years then the minimums will be 24 hours in jail, a 300$ fine and up to a year of license suspension. Find out more on our other page, HERE.
- If it is your second DUI in ten years then the minimums will be 3 days in jail, a 600$ fine and 3 years of license suspension. Find out more on our other page, HERE.
- If it is your third DUI in ten years then the minimums will be 15 days in jail, a 1,000$ fine, and 5 years of license suspension
- If it is your fourth DUI in ten years then the minimums will be one year in jail, a 1,000$ fine and indefinite license suspension
Keep in mind that these are the best you can hope for when it comes to penalties in multiple DUI cases. Without proper representation, the outcome can be much worse.