Jackson, Mississippi Criminal Defense Attorney Explains Penalties For DUI In Mississippi

Many people are unaware of the potential penalties for a DUI in Mississippi.  Some people decide to go to Court without a lawyer and just plead guilty, expecting to pay a fine and go home.  Unfortunately, they find out, the “hard way,” that the penalties are much more severe than just paying a fine.

The penalties for DUI are as follows:

DUI–First Offense:          $250.00 (minimum) to $1,000.00 (maximum) fine;

                                                        Up to 48 hours in jail;

                                                        Attendance at Mississippi Alcohol Safety Education Program and Victims Impact Panel;

                                                        Suspension of Driver’s License for at least 90 days.   

DUI–Second Offense:      $600.00 (minimum) to $1,500.00 (maximum) fine;

                                                          5 days (minimum) to 1 year (maximum) in jail (5 days in jail is mandatory and cannot be suspended);

                                                           10 days (minimum) to 1 year (maximum) of community service (10 days is mandatory and cannot be suspended);

                                                            Suspension of Driver’s License for at least 2 years;

                                                            Vehicle impoundment/immobilization/interlock during period of license suspension (mandatory).

DUI–Third Offense:             Felony

                                                             $2,000.00 (minimum) to $5,000.00 (maximum) fine;

                                                              1 year (minimum) to 5 years (maximum) in state prison (1 year in prison is mandatory and cannot be suspended);

                                                              Seizure of motor vehicle;

                                                              Suspension of Driver’s License for at least 5 years.

Even for a first offense, the penalties for DUI are fairly severe.  For repeat offenses, the penalties get much worse.  With so much at stake, pleading guilty to a DUI is the worst thing you can do.  If you’ve been charged with DUI, you should contact an experienced DUI and criminal defense attorney immediately.

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