Penalties of Drunk Driving: The penalties vary for the first offense and each subsequent offense. The penalties for a DUI/DWI conviction include:
- Jail term
- Hefty fines
- Community service
You may also be subject to an administrative license suspension. You may also be subject to an administrative license suspension. This action is taken by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and happens immediately upon your arrest. The outcome of your DUI/DWIcourt case will not have any effect on the administrative license suspension.
In some states, a convicted DUI/DWI offender may have to pay for and fix an ignition interlock device (IID) on the vehicle. This device will prevent the vehicle from starting if the person’s blood alcohol concentration is over a predetermined limit – generally 0.02 percent.
Some states have laws that provide for the impounding of the DUI/DWI offender’s vehicle. However , this provision is generally invoked in case of aggravated or felony DUI or repeat offenders. Generally, the impounding is temporary. However, in some cases, especially if there is bodily injury or property damage resulting from an accident caused by the drunk driver, the vehicle will be sold to pay compensation to the injured person or property owner.
The penalties for a DUI/DWI offense will be enhanced if there are aggravating factors present at the time of the arrest. Aggravating factors include:
- Refusing to take the chemical test
- Very high blood alcohol concentration
- Reckless driving
- Presence of minor in the vehicle
- Bodily injury or property damage