There are minimum costs and penalties incurred with a first-time Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and they can be very costly and time-consuming. The minimum sanctions for a first-time DUI are statutorily mandated and most of the terms cannot be negotiated.

The terms that have some leeway for negotiation are the fine and the jail time. There is a fine of $500-$1,000, and you can be sentenced up to six (6) months in jail. The remaining sanctions must be imposed by the judge if you are found guilty or if you enter a plea of guilty or no contest. They are as follows: Up to one (1) year of monthly reporting probation, fifty (50) hours of community service, DUI school, a psychosocial evaluation as well as an alcohol evaluation and to follow through with any/all recommended treatment, the financial responsibility for such evaluation, education and treatment shall be assumed by the offender, one (1)-year suspension of your driver's license and a 10-day vehicle immobilization.

With each additional conviction for DUI, the penalty becomes more enhanced. Your driver's license will also be suspended administratively through the Department of Motor Vehicles for failure to submit to a Breathalyzer test. There are a lot of intricate details that go into the strategy to avoid a DUI and what you can do if you obtain a DUI charge.

Criminal Defense Against DUI Charges

For more information on how to defend yourself against drunk driving charges, you can contact the attorneys at Schwam-Wilcox & Associates. Call 407-982-2714 or 888-337-5886, or send us an email to schedule a complementary consultation.