A DC DUI can be proved with more than just a test for blood alcohol content. The blood alcohol level that is considered DUI is .08 or greater. If you are found to be driving in a hazardous manner, you can be convicted of a District of Columbia (DC) DUI. Also, if you fail a field sobriety test you can be arrested.
You can even be cited for DUI in the District of Columbia if your physical appearance shows that you are under the influence of alcohol. If arrested for one of the circumstantial indications of DUI, you will be asked to submit to a blood or breath test. If you do not submit to it, the court will assume that you are guilty, and you will also lose your license for up to a year.
In a District of Columbia DUI case, first time offenders can choose to take a DUI diversion program, in lieu of other punishments. However, in order to be considered a first offender in the District of Columbia, you cannot have any other DUIs in your history looking back fifteen years, no matter what state you were in. It is also important to talk to a lawyer before taking this option. There may be a different way to deal with your District of Columbia DUI.
If you are arrested for District of Columbia DUI, you can expect to face both a court case and a case in the DMV. In the court case, you will be prosecuted for the crime of DUI. Your punishment will be directly related to the severity of your crime, including whether or not anyone else was hurt or killed due to your driving under the influence. Be sure to talk to alawyer before heading to court.
The court can suspend your license from anywhere between six months to two years, depending on how often you have been cited for DUI. You can also expect to pay a fine between $300 and $10,000. Also, the court can send you for jail up to 25 days. Also, if your crime is considered severe enough, you may be required to have an ignition interlock system put on your car, which will not allow the car to be started if you are drunk.
Finally, after your court case, you will also face an administrative hearing. At this hearing, you can have additional time taken off of your driving privileges. You will also face additional fines. Remember, too, that yourinsurance premium is going to increase significantly after your District of Columbia DUI.
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