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Your First DUI Offense: 5 Consequences You Could Be Facing

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About 1.5 million people are arrested for driving under the influence in the United States each year. While some are arrested for their second or third offense, most are getting arrested for their first DUI.
If you've recently been arrested for a DUI, you likely have a lot of questions about what you can expect in the months and years to come. Driving under the influence is a serious offense, you will need an attorney. What's more, you may be facing the following consequences.

1. You Will Have to Pay a Fine

On average, the fine for a first DUI offense is $1,100. Of course, this number could be different, depending on the state in which you live and the temperament of the judge that hears your case. You may also have to pay for bail and additional court costs as well as for your attorney.
All in all, you should plan to spend several thousand dollars initially. The financial cost of a DUI can be staggering, so be prepared. In addition to fines and fees, you should plan for an increase in your insurance premium. You may also have to cover the costs for part or all of the equipment and courses you may need following your sentencing.

2. You May Have Your Licensed Suspended

In some states, your license will automatically be suspended for a set amount of time following your DUI. For example, California imposes a six-month suspension for all first-time DUI offenses. You will have a short amount of time to fight the suspension, but it will go into full effect if you choose to do nothing. An attorney may be able to help you keep your license.
If your license is suspended, you will not be able to drive unless you ask for special driving privileges. In many cases, special privileges allow you to drive to and from work only. However, special needs, such as medical treatments and childcare transportation, may be considered. Keep in mind that you will have to pay the BMV to reinstate your license after you serve your time.

3. You May Have to Attend Classes

Many first DUI offenders are required to attend classes. Classes typically teach the dangers of drunk driving and may have some counseling components. You may be required to complete 72 class hours, which you will have to pay for. The cost ranges from $300 to $400, depending on the school you choose.

4. You May Have a Device Placed on Your Car

If you get to keep all or part of your driving privileges, you may have a device placed on your car. It's called an ignition interlock device, and it will not let you drive if you're over the legal limit for blood alcohol content. Most models require you to blow into an alcohol analyzer and pass the test before the car will start. You will have to cover the cost of this device as well.

5. You May Serve Time in Jail

Even if you're on your first offense, you may have to spend time in jail, depending on the laws in your state and the specifics of your arrest. If you injured someone or caused property damage, you will be more likely to serve time.
Additionally, you may be placed on probation for a designated amount of time. Probation can be levied in addition to or instead of jail time. An attorney can help you negotiate your sentence with the judge.
If you've recently been arrested for your first DUI, you need legal representation. Call the Law Offices of Shahnaz Hussain today for guidance through this difficult time in your life.