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First offense DUI: Things you need to know

Most people realize that drinking and driving is a big mistake. Even so, many people drink alcohol, get behind the wheel of their car and find themselves in trouble with the police.

There is nothing simple about an arrest for driving under the influence. Even if it's your first offense, you should realize that your charge could eventually lead to a conviction. And if this happens, your life is going to change in many ways.

Here are some things you need to think about:

  • Jail time is possible, but not likely. Even though you could receive a jail sentence as a result of a DUI conviction, it's not likely for first time offenders with a clean record. Instead, you can probably avoid this by taking part in a community service program.
  • License suspension. This is one of the most common penalties for a DUI conviction. It's also one that can have a negative impact on your life. For example, if you don't have a license you may find it challenging to commute back and forth from work or school.
  • Fine. DUI fines are anything but cheap. In fact, this could reach well above $1,000 in some cases. Most arrests for DUI, even as a first time offender, will result in a fine.
  • Increased car insurance rate. Your car insurance company will consider you a risky driver if you are convicted of driving under the influence. Subsequently, you can expect your premium to increase. With multiple convictions, it's possible that your car insurance company will no longer want to insure you.

These are just a few of the many things you need to know about a first offense DUI. As you can see, a conviction can lead to a lot of trouble.

Fortunately, just because you are arrested for DUI doesn't mean that a conviction will come next. You have the right to defend yourself against this charge, all with the idea of avoiding the most serious punishment.

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