Types Of DUI Charges to Know About

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Driving under influence is considered a serious crime in the U.S with harsh
punishments. However, it is still one of the most commonly committed crimes in
the US.
A lot can go wrong when a person is driving while being drunk. You do not have
control over yourself and you might end up causing harm to others and yourself
as well. This is why some states in the U.S have marked this crime with zero
tolerance.
Several factors are considered when one is charged with a DUI. These include:
● Number of DUI offenses done in the past.
● Number/concentration of blood/breath alcohol test.
● Time between multiple offenses (if not a first time offender).
● Type of damage done (death, property damage, injury etc).
These factors decide the fate of the offender and the punishments he or she will
face.
Since DUI cases are quite common, it is important to know the different DUI
charges you can face and their punishments.
Here are some common types of DUI charges to know about:
DUI Offender (1st time)
If you are thinking that a first time offender has nothing to worry about then think
again.
When alcohol consumption is between 0.08 to 0.014 then the driver will have to
serve six months in jail and a $500 fine. If the consumption is higher than 0.015
then the jail time can increase to nine months with a fine of $1000.

A 12 month probation period and 50 hours of community service can also be
imposed along with license cancellation up to six or twelve months.
DUI Offender (Multiple)
The U.S doesn’t tolerate drivers who repeat their mistake when it comes to DUI,
hence, the punishments are more severe.
There are two categories when it comes to multiple DUI offenses.
● 2nd DUI: If the second offense was done after 5 years of the previous
the offense then the offender will have to serve nine months in jail, a $1,000
fine, ignition interlock (six months or a year) and license suspension for six
months.
If the alcohol level is above 0.15 then the driver serves a year in jail,
$2,000 fine, ignition interlock (1 year) and license suspension for a year.
● 2nd Within 5 DUI: This is the second category which is charged if the
offender does a crime within the 5 year time period of the last DUI offense.
The punishments involve 10 mandatory days in county jail.
If the alcohol consumption is below 0.15 then 9 months in jail, $2,000 fine,
ignition interlock for 2 years and license suspension for 5 years along with
impounded vehicle for 3 months.
If the alcohol consumption is above 0.15 then 12 months in jail, $2,000
fine, ignition interlock for 2 years and license suspension for 5 years along
with impounded vehicle for 3 months.
Both the categories will also impose a probation period on the offender for
a year at least.
3rd Time Offenders
If an offender is already convicted for two DUI cases previously then a third time
offense will either be a misdemeanor (if the crime was done after 10 years of last
offense) or felony (if the crime was done within 10 years of last offense).

● Misdemeanor:
– 1 year in jail.
– $2000-$4000 fine (if alcohol level was below 0.15).
– $4000-$5000 fine (if alcohol level was above 0.15).
– 1 year license suspension.
– Vehicle impoundment for 3 months.
● Felony:
– 5 years in jail.
– $2000-$4000 fine (if alcohol level was below 0.15).
– $4000-$5000 fine (if alcohol level was above 0.15).
– 5 year license suspension.
– Vehicle impoundment for 3 months.
The Verdict
If you are caught up while driving under influence then hire an experienced DUI
lawyer Newport Beach to represent your case.

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