DUI Sentencing

Let’s say that a person is sentenced for a DUI. What happens next? After pleading guilty, this person will go through a sentencing and the appropriate punishment will be determined. Many different penalties could occur, including the following:

First-Time Offense Incarceration: For a first time offense, many states will give an offender a shorter stint in jail.

Suspension of Driver’s License: Many states will suspend a drunk driver’s license, even if this is a first time offense. The duration and nature of the offense typically go hand in hand when it comes to making this determination.

Community Service: A wide variety of community service options may be imposed on an offender.

Probation: This is an alternative to prison. It is a set period of time where the defendant has certain restrictions and requirements they must follow.

Suspended Sentences: These sentences take effect if conditions of probation are violated.

Sentencing will almost always take place immediately after the DUI conviction occurs. The sentencing judge will consider punishments and sentencing ranges in certain state statutes. They may look at the defendant’s DUI record and criminal history, impact of the DUI on its victims, and the defendant’s personal, economic, and social circumstances.

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