By: Mike Stetzer
If you are convicted of DUI, either through a guilty plea, jury verdict or accepting a plea bargain, there are various sentences you could receive. Each state's DUI laws outline DUI sentencing guidelines, but in every state the consequences of a DUI conviction can be very serious.
In every state, the law prohibits a person from operating a vehicle with blood alcohol content at or above .08 percent.
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The penalties of a DUI conviction could include:
- Jail time
- Prison time - if the DUI results in injury or death
- Suspended sentence - to take effect if probation or other conditions are violated
- Suspension of driver's license
- Forfeiture of vehicle
- Community service
- Drug or alcohol treatment programs
DUI Sentencing Considerations
The judge in a DUI case generally imposes a sentence immediately after a conviction. In some cases, the judge may consider any input from the prosecutor and your DUI lawyer before deciding on an appropriate sentence. The judge will also take into consideration the punishments and sentencing ranges noted in state statutes and factors related to each specific case.
Some factors that can influence your DUI sentence are:
- Your criminal history and DUI record
- Whether your DUI caused any injuries or death
- Your personal, economic and social circumstances
- Whether you express any regret or remorse for your DUI
After a DUI Conviction
A DUI conviction can raise your automobile insurance rates, affect your employment opportunities and restrict your ability to get to work, school and social activities. Depending on what DUI penalties you receive as a sentence, there can also be a great financial impact associated with a DUI conviction.
Find a DUI Attorney Who Can Help
If have been arrested for DUI, contact a local DUI lawyer right away. Your attorney can evaluate the specifics of your case and talk to you about the potential ways to avoid a DUI conviction and harsh penalties.
Get in touch with a local DUI lawyer by filling out our free DUI case evaluation form or calling 877-349-1311 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.
The above summary of DUI sentences is by no means all-inclusive and is not legal advice. Laws may have changed since our last update. For the latest information on DUI sentences, speak to a DUI attorney in your area.