DUI First and Subsequent Penalties

In previous posts the penalties associated with a first conviction of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) have been discussed.  In this post I just wanted to a brief synopsis on the penalties associated with not only a first DUI conviction, but the penalties associated with convictions up to being convicted of a fourth DUI.

The penalties prescribed by Mississippi law for a DUI First Offense:
• fined not less than $250 or more than $1,000 in fines or up to 48 hours in jail, or both;
• must attend and complete an alcohol safety education program within 6 months of sentencing;
• suspended driver’s license for no less than 120 days or an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle for 120 days

DUI Second Offense within 5 years:
• A minimum of 5 days but up to 6 months in Jail;
• Fines from $600 up to $1,500;
• 10 days to 6 months community service;
• your driver’s license could be suspended for up to one (1) year.

DUI Third Offense within 5 years.  Upon being charged with a third DUI a driver has crossed over from misdemeanor charges to facing the possibility of a felony conviction.
• minimum of 1 year to maximum of 5 years in Jail (house arrest is a common sentence for a third DUI conviction);
• $2,000 up to $5,000 in fines;
• Driver’s license suspension;

DUI Fourth Offense within a person’s lifetime:
• vehicle operated at time of arrest is subject to forfeiture;
• $3,000 to $10,000 fine;
• minimum of 2 years to maximum of 10 years in jail;
• Driver’s license suspension for the full period of the person’s sentence.