Washington, D.C. DUI Laws

DUI in D.C.? Let an attorney help you protect your rights


Laws aren't just made in Washington, D.C. They are also strictly enforced. Just like in any other state, you can be charged with a DUI in Washington, D.C. Drunk driving in the District of Columbia can result in jail time, fines, community service and even ignition interlock devices on your car.

If you've been charged with drunk driving in Washington, D.C., you can get help with a DUI lawyer. You may think lawyers are easy to find in Washington, and that you can turn anywhere for help. But a lawyer that helps you with family or business matters may not be fully familiar with the District of Columbia's DUI laws. A Washington D.C. DUI attorney can help you meet important deadlines and avoid harmful mistakes.

To connect with a DUI lawyer near you, simply fill out the case evaluation form on this page. Or, you can call 877-349-1311.

Washington, D.C., DUI laws call for a variety of drunk driving penalties, including penalties for refusing a breath test at a DUI stop. A breath test refusal can result in a one-year driver's license suspension.

DUI Penalties in Washington, D.C.

First DUI Conviction

  • Up to 90 days in jail
  • 6-month driver's license suspension
  • $300 fine

Second DUI Conviction

  • 5 days-1 year in jail
  • $1,000-5,000 fine
  • 1-year driver's license suspension
  • 30 or more days of community service
  • Potential ignition interlock device use

Third DUI Conviction

  • 10 days-1 year in jail
  • $2,000-10,000 fine
  • 2-year driver's license suspension
  • 60 or more days of community service
  • Potential Ignition interlock device use

Penalties for Refusal

  • 1-year driver's license suspension

Washington, D.C., DUI attorneys could answer questions you might have about the state laws or your specific DUI case. To speak with a DUI attorney near you today, fill out the free case evaluation form on this page or call us, toll free, at 877-349-1311.

Note: Laws may have changed since our last update. For the latest information on these DUI laws, speak to a local DUI lawyer in the state.

The Washington, D.C. DUI penalty list is by no means all-inclusive. DUI penalties may vary based on a variety of factors, including your prior driving record.

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