Penalties for Driving Drunk

There are four main alcohol-driving related offenses -- Driving Under the Influence, Aggravated DUI, Driving While Impaired, Actual Physical Control. If arrested and found guilty of any of these offenses, you could lose your driver's license for up to 180 days. You could go to jail for anywhere from 10 days to one year if it a misdemeanor offense and much longer for a felony offense. Monetarily, the fines for these offenses range from $100 to $1,000 for first time offenders. Repeat offenders can expect to hand over up to $5,000 and spend as much as 10 years in jail. Add to that court costs of $300 plus, attorney's fees, lost time at work and increased insurance fees, and the offense becomes quite expensive in more ways than one.

If there is a crash involved in the arrest, the seriousness of the penalties and the monetary consequences increase. And if there is an injury, it becomes even more serious.

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