Overview of DUI Consequences
DUI consequences can be incredibly severe. If convicted, you may face a significant period of imprisonment and driving restrictions for a long length of time. A conviction will also leave you with a criminal record which can be viewed by future employers.
At Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP, there is a lot we can do in an attempt to affect the consequences you will face. Although there are some basic requirements, the court has a fair amount of latitude on what penalties will be ordered. A lot of factors are taken into account and the knowledge and experience that we command can make a big difference to the outcome of your case.
There is an increasing scale of penalty for the first, second and third DUIs which occur within ten years of one another. Assuming punishment is not enhanced by aggravating factors such as a particularly high BAC or causing an accident or injury, the consequences may include:
- Probation for three to five years;
- Fines and fees gradually increasing up to several thousand dollars;
- Loss of license for six months to three years;
- DUI school from 12 hours to 18 months;
- Minimum jail time of 48 hours to 120 days; and
- Increased insurance charges and/or be installation of an IID on your vehicle
We can make specific requests regarding lesser penalties or alternatives to jail time such as house arrest, community service or rehab programs. Some factors can also result in the DUI being charged as a felony and we may also be able to extend influence to have it charged as a misdemeanor. We can also help with gaining permission for a restricted license. Our many years in practice have led to our development of a criminal defense department. With our knowledge of what the court and DMV considers in determining your punishment, we can have a significant impact on your life.