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The Penalties for the Criminal Case of Your DUI Charge


Interviewer: What about the criminal court side of the license proceedings? Do they essentially try you now criminally for the same issues in regards to your license? For example, if you lose the hearing at DMV, you’ll have license suspension. But what happens in the criminal court side? Do they just heap on more penalties to the license?

Aaron: Absolutely. There are significantly more penalties imposed in court, because the court is the one that requires the DUI School. The court will require it as a condition of probation. If you are convicted of a first offense DUI, the court will report that to DMV, and DMV will not reissue a license until you’ve finished your DUI School and any period of suspension or restriction.

If you get a DUI, you’re also looking at a probation period with zero tolerance, which means you can have no alcohol in your system when you’re driving. When you’re driving, if your blood alcohol level is 0.01, which is half a drink or less for most people, you could lose your license for another year.

You could be in violation of probation and get at least six months of jail if you’re still serving a first-offense probation. There are just so many consequences. Fines are a couple thousand dollars, give or take.

By Aaron Bortel

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