DUI Conviction

Nobody likes be on the wrong side of the law. However, a lot of time people get involved in acts of driving under the influence of alcohol. And, most of them end up being on the wrong side of driving laws. As a result, some of them find themselves behind the bars or slapped with heavy fine, or both. It usually depends upon the nature or graveness of offense, misdemeanor, felony, or whatever you can say. People who are found to b guilty in this case for the first time are usually slapped with 1st DUI offense. So, what comes next? What happens to them? Do you have any idea about life after DUI conviction? Read below to know more.

 

A DUI Conviction Will Result in

For those who do not have much idea about the legal term conviction – it is a term that points toward the fact that a court (of that jurisdiction) has found a person accountable of the charges slapped against him or her. In DUI conviction, the charges are certainly associated with driving while intoxicated. A DUI conviction can invite serious consequences, depending upon the nature or seriousness of offense.

In addition, it also depends upon the laws set by every State government. So, every state or region has its own set of rules regarding DUI offense. However, it usually involves penalties and punishments. Penalties usually start from $1400 and can go up to thousands of dollars. On the other hand, it can also lead to suspension of driver’s license up to 10 years. Not just that, if the offense is equivalent to felony, the offender may have to spend up to 3 years in jail.

First Conviction of DUI

When a person is found to be accountable for driving while intoxicated for the first time, and his/her charges are found to be true, in that case he or she has face the consequences of 1st DUI conviction. Though the result varies from state to state, but we will give you some information about the laws in the state of California. Below are the consequences:

  • Probation: It is the period during which the offender has to completely do away with drunk driving. He or she has to abstain from drinking. And, it can be between 3 to 5 years. The offender does not have to report to a Probation Officer.
  • Fines and Fees: The amount would fall somewhere between $1400 and $1800. It includes the amount one has to spend into court fees. One can pay the amount within 45 days, starting from the day of offense.
  • Suspension of Driver’s License: The driving license of the offender is suspended for 6 months.
  • DUI School: The offender has to spend up to 45 hours in any of the DUI Schools allotted by the court. The period depends upon the BAC or blood alcohol content of the offender.
  • Jail Time: 48 hours (mandatory).

 

Second DUI Conviction

It almost remains the same, except the fine and fees increase up to $2800; driver’s license will be suspended for 2 years; and jail term increases to 96 hours. Drunk driving conviction for 2nd DUI offence also results in 10 to 30 days of community service.

 

DUI Conviction Rate

The rate associated with DUI conviction varies from state to state. However, it usually remains somewhere between 70% and 80%. It means that in case you get slapped by DUI offence for driving while intoxicated, make sure you have an experienced lawyer to save you by using his/her best experience for DUI defense. Better, not to drink and drive!