If you or someone you know is arrested for drunk driving, the consequences are severe. First of all, if you agree to take the breathalyzer test on a first offense, you will lose your license for 30 days. If you decline the breathalyzer test on a first offense, you will lose your license for 180 days.
Similarly, the penalties associated with a conviction can be staggering. For instance, a first offender disposition will often call for probation for a year with costs reaching the thousands, and with an additional 45-90 day license loss.
A second offender disposition will often call for probation for 2 years, with the requirement of a 14 day in-patient program costing over $1,000. A second offender disposition will also call for a 2 year license loss, as well as the imposition of an ignition interlock device when you try to get your license back.
If you are convicted of a third offense for drunk driving, there is a 150 minimum mandatory jail sentence with the potential for indictment. The license loss for a third offense conviction runs for 8 years, which is in addition to any time lost for a breathalyzer test refusal, or failure.
The above referenced consequences are just a few facing those charged with drunk driving offenses. They also represent standard dispositions, since the court can impose sentences even stricter than those referenced above. Furthermore, the penalties will get even more severe if you reach a fourth, fifth, or subsequent DUI.
With this in mind, if you find yourself charged with drunk driving as either a first or subsequent offender, do the right thing and contact a drunk driving attorney who will fight to the end for you. The consequences are just too severe to take the charges lightly.