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What happens after a first-offense DUI?

There is no question that people make mistakes. There's a reason that people quote the phrase, "we're only human." Humans make mistakes all the time, but some mistakes have more serious repercussions than others.

For example, if you recently had a run-in with the law over drinking and driving, you may now face a DUI charge. As a first-offense DUI, you may not face penalties as severe as if you'd committed the same criminal act multiple times before, but you still have some issues to worry about.

What kinds of penalties will you receive for a first-offense DUI?

Laws vary based on the state, but it's normal to receive a fine to start with. First-offense DUIs are also misdemeanors in most cases, so the likelihood of a jail sentence more than a year long is unlikely.

A first-offense DUI causes increased insurance rates, can result in the loss of your license, may make it a requirement that you use an ignition interlock device or could end up forcing you into a drug or alcohol abuse recovery program.

While many of these penalties are frustrating, they're typically designed to be flexible. For example, if you need your vehicle for work, you may be able to obtain an occupational license shortly after losing your license. The new license would allow you to drive to and from work, so you could keep your job.

If you're facing a DUI, don't let the courts scare you. Your attorney can help you understand the charges and create a defense, so you don't face unfair penalties for the crimes you've committed.

Source: FindLaw, "First Offense DUI," accessed Feb. 07, 2018

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