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What is the Penalty for a DUI First Offense?

What is Included in DUI Penalties?

Getting convicted on DUI charged can have some pretty serious consequences, especially depending on the nature of your arrest. While most first-time offenses are classified as misdemeanors and may not result in jail time, there are still significant penalties you should be worried about.


First-time offenders often are required to pay fines ranging anywhere from $500 to $1000, depending on circumstances such as blood alcohol content (BAC) or whether an accident occurred. For more severe cases, the penalties can include:

  • A fine of $1000 to $2000 if your BAC was .15 or higher or you had a minor passenger in the vehicle

  • $5000 fine if you caused someone to suffer serious bodily injuries

Probation and Community Service

Probation is often a requirement if you are convicted on the first offense. In most cases, you cannot receive a jail sentence or probation that is longer than one year.

As part of your probationary period, the court may also require up to 50 community service hours to be done within a specified amount of time.

License Suspension & Vehicle Impoundment

Your license may be suspended for six months up to a year for any first-time conviction. This time increases for any future DUI charges. Your vehicle may also be impounded for up to 10 days on your first charge unless it is your family's only means of transportation.

Installation of an Ignition Interlock Device

If your BAC was .08 or higher, the judge may order you to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle for six or more months. The IID is mandatory if your BAC was .15 or higher or had a minor passenger at the time of arrest.

Jail Time

Jail time is usually reserved for the most serious DUI convictions. Still, it not entirely unlikely that you might have to serve up to 6 months in a local jail. However, if your BAC was .15 or higher at the time of arrest, or there was a minor in the car, you may serve up to nine months.

Charged with a DUI? Call Hager & Schwartz, P.A.

DUIs can come with severe consequences that impact you for the rest of your life. If you have been charged with a DUI, hire one of our Volusia criminal defense attorneys to protect your rights, and get the best outcome.

Call (386) 693-1637 to schedule your free consultation.