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Maximum DUI Punishment for First Time Offenders

Last Updated on February 12, 2024 by DALA Guest Author


First time DUI offenders

Driving under the influence of alcohol is considered as a serious offence in most of the states in the US. Any individual who is found operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and is tested above the specified Blood Alcohol content (BAC) measure is said to be convicted under a drunken driving offence.

The person suspected of drinking and driving is subjected to a number of Field Sobriety Tests. These tests reveal the level of blood alcohol content in the body of the convict. This provides sufficient proof for the enforcement officers to book a case.

First time DUI offenders are normally given a plea bargain and are not subjected to maximum penalties or fine. This also emphasizes the fact that a drunken driving offence the second or third time will have enhanced and severe penalties, warning the repeated offence.

Maximum Punishment for first time DUI offenders

An irresponsible drinking attitude is put to check with a number of fines and penalties. Normally the extent of punishment imposed on a first time offence depends on the state where the violation occurred. A first-time offence is considered a misdemeanor, where the convict is ordered to pay a fine and may be sentenced to a minimum term of imprisonment. License suspension is customary ritual.

Certain assessment and treatment programs are available to first-time convicts, enabling defendant’s punishment to be reduced under certain conditions and completion of those specified programs. Services of an experienced defense expert are essential in order to develop a proper defense strategy on your behalf and reduce the impact of the possible consequences. Where you cannot afford to hire a DUI attorney, the court will appoint one for you completely free of charge.

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