To be arrested for DUI, motorists must register .08% or higher on a breathalyzer test. Refusing to submit to such a test could result in a warrant to obtain a blood sample. It could also result in the suspension of one’s driver’s license for a period of time, in addition to other fines and penalties.
A first offense can net an individual two days in jail, and that amount of time increases to 10 days for a second offense or one year for a third offense. The use of an ignition interlock device for between three and six months will also be required, even for first-time offenders.
DUI charges can sometimes be reduced through plea bargaining, and it is also possible to win a “not guilty” verdict from a jury. Since there is a lot at stake in one of these cases, defendants should contact an attorney shortly after their arrest in order to see what if any defenses are available.