First Offense for DUI
If you are convicted of, or plead guilty to, a DUI or DUAC— you will have a permanently criminal record. Under current law, there is unfortunately no expungement for this offense. You should expect a mandatory revocation of your license for at least six months. There is the possibility of issuing a limited driving privilege for getting to and from work— this is something you should discuss with your attorney to see how it applies to your case. Furthermore, you must obtain SR-22 insurance for three years, even if you don’t own a vehicle. But, before you can purchase that insurance, you must enroll in an Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program, or ADSAP, and pay a $100 fee. Only then can you purchase the necessary insurance.There are also additional court costs, fines, required community service, and the potential for light jail time— depending on the circumstances. Ultimately, your sentencing will be in direct reference to the details of your case. For example, your BAC reading can have a direct influence on your court costs and fines. That cost range can be anywhere between $997— $1229. Under normal DUI circumstances, you will likely have to complete some jail time or community service.
If your BAC was above .15, or if you refuse breath testing, the penalties get a bit more harsh. For instance, when you have that high BAC, an ‘ignition interlock’ system is required for your vehicle. If you’re unfamiliar with this term, you might know it as a ‘blow ’n go’. You can only drive with this device installed while under suspension or limited driving.