Driving While Intoxicated Penalties and Punishments

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or any drug, is one of the most common crimes committed, and the court will determine the offense as a misdemeanor or a felony crime depending on how intoxicated you were or if you injured someone else on the act. Fines might vary depending on the seriousness of the case, and if you are experiencing something like this in Long Beach CA, Angels Bail Bonds will help you go through to any bail process you are trying to obtain.

These are some of the penalties and charges for driving while intoxicated:

  • Jail time: In all states, first-offense DWI charges are classified as misdemeanors and punishable by six months in prison or more. Also, jail time for a DUI misdemeanor offense will depend on how high the blood alcohol content (BAC) was, considering that the legal limit is 0.08%. However, for DWI offense classified as a felony either because the driver hurts or killed someone or because it’s his/her third DWI offense, jail sentence, in this case, will be of several years.
  • Fines: The fine amount for a misdemeanor or a felony charge can range from a few hundred dollars for a first-time misdemeanor conviction, to $10,000 or more for a felony.
  • Probation: If the court sentences you to probation you are allowed to serve your punishment while remaining free from jail. It usually lasts 12 months, but it can also last up to three years. But if you fail to meet these obligations, the court will impose additional penalties. Typical requirements for a DWI offense consist of meeting regularly with a probation officer, agreeing to submit to alcohol and drug testing, completing a substance abuse program, finding a job, paying all required fines, and avoiding more crimes or DWI offenses.
  • License suspension: When you are arrested due to this type of offense, your license will be immediately removed and suspended for a critical period.  For a fist offender, the suspension will be 90 days, a second offender for one year and third offender for three years.

Another important consequence of DWI charges:

The insurance company of the driver might cancel the insurance policy and will also increase the rates because of the person´s driving record. If the driver´s license is revoked and suspended, the insurance company will have to cancel the insurance policy right away. Jobs that involve driving will be denied for a person who has been convicted of DWI charges.

Fortunately, when paying a bail, it is not required to pay the full amount of money if you use a bail bond service. The majority of bail bond services only require a payment of %10 -%15 of the total bail amount to be able to post a bond. Once the person has posted bail, they will have to be in close contact with their bail bond agent to prevent their bail from being revoked. This video explains the major aspects to consider when you are charged for a DIW offense.