Sponsored Video: Misdemeanor DUI Statute of Limitations

Punishments for first offense misdemeanors are nothing to laugh at.  See below the possible penalties and monetary costs for a first conviction of non-extreme DUI or DWI.

Sponsored Video: First Offense Misdemeanor (Regular DUI or DWI)

  • Mandatory minimum of 10 days in jail (9 days can be suspended upon completion of mandatory alcohol screening):  Approximately $200.00
  • Recommended classes:  Approximately $400.00
  • Minimum fine and surcharge:  Approximately $1,250.00
  • Total cost: $1,850.00


  • One year of a mandatory ignition interlock device (IID), attached to your steering wheel.  This requires you to blow into the device every time before you start your car.  Plus, you must continue to blow into the device every 15 minutes to keep the car’s ignition on!
  • Lastly, the court can order more than twelve months of an interlock device in severe cases.

Sponsored Video: Second Offense Misdemeanor (Regular DUI or DWI)

A conviction for a second non-extreme DUI or DWI within seven (7) years from the first conviction, the mandatory minimum penalties are:

  • Minimum 90 days in jail (60 can be suspended only upon completion of mandatory alcohol screening classes
  • Minimum fine and surcharge of $3,000
  • 30 hours of community service
  • The Motor Vehicle Department will revoke your driving privileges for at least one year.
  • One year mandatory interlock device being attached to your steering wheel (approximately $1,500.00)

Sponsored Video: Third Offense Misdemeanor (Regular DUI or DWI)

See Aggravated DUI, because the prosecutor has the option of charging you with a first offense felony, Aggravated DUI…and they usually do!

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