What are the penalties for a DUI charge?

The penalties for a DUI charge include the following:

Jail Time

  • First-offense DUI is punishable by up to six months in jail.
  • In most states, a minimum jail sentence of at least several days on a first offense is required. Subsequent offenses will result in a jail sentence of several months to a year.
  • If the driver killed or injured someone, or because it’s your third or fourth DUI, a jail sentence of several years can be given


  • Courts also impose high fines for DUI in addition to a jail sentence. This can range from $500 to $2,000.

License Suspension

  • A first time offender’s license can be suspended for 90 days.
  • A second time offender’s license for one year
  • A third time offender’s license can be suspended for three years
  • If you refuse to take a blood, breath, or urine test, it can result in license suspension

Young Offenders

  • Adult sentences on minors can be imposed, and their license suspended for one year.

Other Forms of Punishment

  • Alcohol education and prevention programs, rehabilitation for alcohol abuse, assessment of a person for alcohol or drug dependency, and community service or victim restitution.

Other Consequences

  • Your insurance company may also cancel the insurance policy or increase the rates because of the mark on the driving record