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State By State: Here's What You Need To Know

DUI fines and penalties for a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) conviction are wide-ranging. Most people are aware that your driver's license can be suspended if you are caught drinking and driving, but that is often not enough to deter them from drinking and driving. Many drivers are not aware a DUI can really result in jail time.

dui fines, DUI DUI FINES Can Be Very Expensive

Fines can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars, and that is in addition to all of the other monetary costs you pay such as impoundment fees, sky-high insurance rates, court costs, attorney's fees, installation of an ignition interlock device, and the list is extensive.


As a condition of your conviction, you may be required to meet with a probation officer weekly.

Suspension Of Your Driver's License

Your driver's license can be suspended for up to a year. Under certain conditions it could be revoked, which means a permanent loss.

If you refuse to cooperate with standardized field sobriety tests or chemical tests such as breath, blood, or urine tests when requested by law enforcement, your driver's license is usually suspended.

In many states, suspension of the driver's license by the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) for the first DUI offense is one year; for the second offense, three years; for the third offense, five years.

Minimum Mandatory Penalties

These penalties can be imposed on drivers with a blood-alcohol concentration above the county or state's maximum allowable level (usually .08 percent) or drivers that refuse to submit to breath, blood, or urine testing for blood-alcohol content.

Community Service

Performing community service is often a condition of your sentence. The hours assigned vary at the courts' discretion.

Job Loss Or Limited Opportunities

Drivers with a DUI on their record may find certain jobs closed to them, such as driving a vehicle for a city, county, state, or federal job; professional driving jobs such as delivery vans or driving any vehicle as part of their employment. You could face losing your job if it requires a clean driving record.

Loss Of Vehicle

Permanent loss of your vehicle is a possibility, particularly if drugs were involved.

Alcohol education, Evaluation, and/or Driving School

Classes may be a mandatory part of your sentence, depending on where you were arrested.

Civil Liability

You may face separate prosecution under civil law for property damages or bodily injuries on another person.

Ignition Interlock Installation

This device is attached to the convicted driver's vehicle and requires a clean breath test before the vehicle will start. Underage drivers can face even harsher penalties if they have even a trace of alcohol in their systems. If minors reach the state limit of .08 percent BAC, they may be tried as adults. Those drivers with an unusually high BAC (often .15 percent or higher) may face additional fines and jail time on top of the typical sentencing.

Other factors that increase the level of punishment include having a minor in the car at the time of arrest, having an accident with injuries or deaths resulting from the accident, or an accident causing property damage.

The DUI fines and penalties are very high in most states so educate yourself and arm yourself with the best defense you can afford.

Having a lawyer to plead your case is essential. Get the best DUI lawyer you can; one who knows YOUR State DUI Laws and the DUI consequences for the best outcome and to stay out of jail.

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Go to the website of your particular state to verify the drunk driving laws, penalties and fines. Changes occur in state DUI laws and this site is meant to provide general information only. Our disclaimer.

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