7 Most Common DUI Penalties

By Christopher Coble, Esq. on November 21, 2016 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

There were over 1 million arrests for driving under the influence in 2015. And while that number might have dipped a tad from 2014, the potential penalties drunk drivers face has been steadily increasing.

Here's a look at the most common DUI punishments, and when and why they may apply to your DUI case.

1. How DUI Diversion Programs Work

Depending on the severity of your DUI, you may be placed in a diversion program. These programs, which are often only available to first-time offenders, are a way to avoid a criminal conviction on your record.

2. Do Court-Ordered DUI Courses Work?

Almost all DUI sentences include some level of alcohol or addiction classes, aimed at educating drivers and preventing future DUIs. Whether these courses are actually effective remains a matter of debate.

3. Ignition Interlock Devices for DUIs: New Data, New Laws

Mandatory installation of devices that require a driver to give a clean breath sample in order to start a car or continue driving were once limited to repeat DUI offenders. But many states have started to require them after a first-time offense.

4. 7 Common DUI Probation Conditions

Many courts will place DUI offenders on probation, with a series of conditions and restrictions that must be obeyed, unless you want to face a conviction or jail time. Here's what's normally required.

5. When Does DUI Become Child Endangerment?

If you're pulled over for a DUI with children in the car, you could be facing far more serious charges. And child endangerment charges could result in a child protective services investigation on top of any criminal charges.

6. DUI Hit and Run: What You Need to Do Next

Hopefully, your DUI didn't result in an accident. And, hopefully, if it did you didn't flee the scene. If you did get into an accident, you may be on the hook for restitution, or reimbursing parties for any property damage that was a result.

7. What Makes a DUI a Felony?

DUIs are serious crimes, but many states still charge a standard drunk driving offense as a misdemeanor. But it doesn't take much to raise a misdemeanor DUI to a felony. Here's what you need to know.

DUI penalties may vary depending on where you live and on your specific circumstances. If you've been charged with drunk driving, talk to an attorney today.

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