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In an increasing number of states across the U.S., lawmakers are cracking down on DUI (driving under the influence) and DWI (driving while intoxicated) offenses and ordering harsher penalties for drivers who are convicted of these crimes. These punishments can vary from state to state, and even county to county.

In many states, even first-time DUI offenders can be sentenced to time in jail and a lengthy driver’s license suspension. Judges are now required to dole out even stricter penalties and fines.

If you have been arrested for impaired driving, it is extremely important that you hire a knowledgeable and experienced DUI defense attorney. A good lawyer can make sure you avoid the life-altering penalties that come along with a drunk-driving conviction.

What consequences am I looking at if convicted?

The potential penalties will depend on whether or not you have been convicted of driving under the influence in the past. If this is your first offense, you are looking at fines, possible jail time, a license suspension, community service, and mandatory attendance at alcohol and drug education classes (also known as “DUI School”).

These are just the legal ramifications of a DUI conviction. Many employers require their employees to have a clean driving and/or criminal record. If a DUI shows up on a background check, you may lose the job you currently have or have trouble finding future employment.

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You will also face increased insurance rates, if you can find an insurance company to offer you coverage at all.

There are certain instances where your punishment can be enhanced. If you have been convicted of a DUI in the past, you will certainly face mandatory jail time, a longer license suspension and much higher fines and court costs.

Additional factors that will increase your punishment include transporting a minor while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, having an excessively high blood alcohol content (BAC) while driving, and causing an accident or injury while under the influence.

Drivers under the age of 21 are also subject to enhanced DUI consequences due to Zero Tolerance laws. These laws are designed to punish minors who are driving with any alcohol in their systems.

To begin fighting a DUI or DWI conviction, contact a qualified defense attorney right now.

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State
"Per Se" BAC Level
"Zero Tolerance" BAC Level
"Enhanced Penalty" BAC Level
"Implied Consent" Law
AL
.08
.02
-
Yes
AK
.08
.00
-
Yes
AZ
.08
.00
.15
Yes
AR
.08
.02
.18
Yes
CA
.08
.01
.20
Yes
CO
.08
.02
.20
Yes
CT
.08
.02
.16
Yes
DE
.08
.02
.20
Yes
DC
.08
.00
-
Yes
FL
.08
.02
.20
Yes
GA
.08
.02
.15
Yes
HI
.08
.02
-
Yes
ID
.08
.02
.20
Yes
IL
.08
.00
.20
Yes
IN
.08
.02
.15
Yes
IA
.08
.02
.15
Yes
KS
.08
.02
.15
Yes
KY
.08
.02
.18
Yes
LA
.08
.02
.15
Yes
ME
.08
.00
.15
Yes
MD
.08
.00
-
Yes
MA
.08
.02
-
Yes
MI
.08
.02
-
Yes
MN
.08
.00
.20
Yes
MS
.08
.02
-
Yes
MO
.08
.02
-
Yes
MT
.08
.02
-
Yes
NE
.08
.02
-
Yes
NV
.08
.02
.18
Yes
NH
.08
.02
.16
Yes
NJ
.08
.01
-
Yes
NM
.08
.02
.16
Yes
NY
.08
.02
-
Yes
NC
.08
.00
.16
Yes
ND
.08
.02
-
Yes
OH
.08
.02
.17
Yes
OK
.08
.00
.15
Yes
OR
.08
.00
-
Yes
PA
.08
.02
.16
Yes
RI
.08
.02
.15
Yes
SC
.08
.02
-
Yes
SD
.08
.02
.17
Yes
TN
.08
.02
.20
Yes
TX
.08
.00
-
Yes
UT
.08
.00
.16
Yes
VT
.08
.02
-
Yes
VA
.08
.02
.20
Yes
WA
.08
.02
.15
Yes
WV
.08
.02
-
Yes
WI
.08
.02
.20
Yes
WY
.08
.02
-
Yes