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Penalties For DUI In Akron

 

One of the first questions we usually get from our clients is: Am I going to jail? In short, they want to know what are the penalties for DUI in Akron.

The short answer: maybe. The long answer: If you are convicted of a DUI, your jail sentence, if any, will depend on a number of factors, including: whether you submitted to a chemical test and if so, what the results were; whether you have prior DUI convictions; and the facts of your case.

There are additional consequences to also consider, including a fine, a license suspension, restricted plates (“party plates”), Interlock (a device attached to your vehicle that you must blow into in order to start your vehicle), vehicle immobilization or forfeiture, and drug and/or alcohol treatment requirements.

With this in mind, it is important that you know the range of penalties you are facing:

If this is your first DUI conviction within a six-year period and the results of your chemical test fall within the “low test” range, you face a minimum of three days in jail up to a maximum of 180 days in jail. The three day jail term may often be satisfied by successful completion of the Driver Intervention Program. The fine ranges from $375 to $1075. Your license may be suspended by the court for a term ranging between six months and three years. Restricted plates and Interlock may be imposed, but are not mandatory.

If this is your first DUI conviction within a six-year period and either you refused a chemical test or the results of your chemical test were in the “high test” range, you face a minimum of six days in jail up to a maximum of 180 days in jail. The six day minimum jail term may be satisfied by spending three days in jail and successfully completing the Driver Intervention Program. The fine ranges from $375 to $1075. Your license may be suspended by the court for a term ranging between six months and three years. Restricted plates are mandatory, but Interlock is not.

If this is your second DUI conviction within a six-year period and the results of your chemical test fall within the “low test” range, you face a minimum of ten days in jail up to a maximum of 180 days in jail. The ten day minimum jail term may be satisfied by spending five days in jail and then 18 days on house arrest with electronic and/or alcohol monitoring. The fine ranges from $525 to $1625. Your license may be suspended by the court for a term ranging between one and five years. Restricted plates are mandatory. Interlock is mandatory if the offense is alcohol-related, but optional if the offense is drug-related. If the vehicle is registered in your name, it will be immobilized for 90 days. An alcohol and/or drug assessment along with recommended treatment is mandatory.

If this is your second DUI conviction within a six-year period and either you refused a chemical test or the results of your chemical test were in the “high test” range, you face a minimum of twenty days in jail up to a maximum of 180 days in jail. The twenty-day minimum may be satisfied by serving ten days in jail and then 36 days on house arrest with electronic and/or alcohol monitoring. The fine ranges from $525 to $1625. Your license may be suspended by the court for a term ranging between one and five years. Restricted plates are mandatory. Interlock is mandatory if the offense is alcohol-related, but optional if the offense is drug-related. If the vehicle is registered in your name, it will be immobilized for 90 days. An alcohol and/or drug assessment along with recommended treatment is mandatory.

If this is your third DUI conviction within a six-year period and the results of your chemical test fall within the “low test” range, you face a minimum of thirty days in jail up to a maximum of one year in jail. The minimum jail term may be satisfied by fifteen days in jail and 55 days on house arrest with electronic and/or alcohol monitoring. The fine ranges from $850 to $2750. Your license may be suspended by the court for a term ranging between two and ten years. Restricted plates are mandatory. Interlock is mandatory if the offense is alcohol-related, but optional if the offense is drug-related. If the vehicle is registered in your name, it will be subject to forfeiture. Participation in an alcohol and/or drug addiction treatment program is mandatory.

If this is your third DUI conviction within a six-year period and either you refused a chemical test or the results of your chemical test were in the “high test” range, you face a minimum of sixty days in jail up to a maximum of one year in jail. The minimum jail term may be satisfied by thirty days in jail and 110 days on house arrest with electronic and/or alcohol monitoring. The fine ranges from $850 to $2750. Your license may be suspended by the court for a term ranging between two and ten years. Restricted plates are mandatory. Interlock is mandatory if the offense is alcohol-related, but optional if the offense is drug-related. If the vehicle is registered in your name, it will be subject to forfeiture. Participation in an alcohol and/or drug addiction treatment program is mandatory.

If this is either your fourth or fifth conviction within a six-year period OR sixth conviction within a twenty-year period and the results of your chemical test fall within the “low test” range, you are facing a felony of the fourth degree. You face a minimum of sixty days in jail up to a maximum of one year in jail OR sixty days in prison with an option for an additional six to thirty months in prison. The fine ranges from $1350 to $10,500. Your license may be suspended by the court for a term ranging between three years to life. Restricted plates are mandatory. Interlock is mandatory if the offense is alcohol-related, but optional if the offense is drug-related. If the vehicle is registered in your name, it will be subject to forfeiture. Participation in an alcohol and/or drug addiction treatment program is mandatory.

If this is either your fourth or fifth conviction within a six-year period OR sixth conviction within a twenty-year period and either you refused a chemical test or the results of your chemical test were in the “high test” range, you are facing a felony of the fourth degree. You face a minimum of 120 days in jail up to a maximum of one year in jail OR 120 days in prison with an option for an additional six to thirty months in prison. The fine ranges from $1350 to $10,500. Your license may be suspended by the court for a term ranging between three years to life. Restricted plates are mandatory. Interlock is mandatory if the offense is alcohol-related, but optional if the offense is drug-related. If the vehicle is registered in your name, it will be subject to forfeiture. Participation in an alcohol and/or drug addiction treatment program is mandatory.

If this is your second felony conviction within your lifetime and the results of your chemical test fall within the “low test” range, you are facing a felony of the third degree. You face a minimum of sixty days in prison up to a maximum of five years in prison. The fine ranges from $1350 to $10,500. Your license may be suspended by the court for a term ranging between three years to life. Restricted plates are mandatory. Interlock is mandatory if the offense is alcohol-related, but optional if the offense is drug-related. If the vehicle is registered in your name, it will be subject to forfeiture. Participation in an alcohol and/or drug addiction treatment program is mandatory.

If this is your second felony conviction within your lifetime and either you refused a chemical test or the results of your chemical test were in the “high test” range, you are facing a felony of the third degree. You face a minimum of 120 days in prison up to a maximum of five years in prison. The fine ranges from $1350 to $10,500. Your license may be suspended by the court for a term ranging between three years to life. Restricted plates are mandatory. Interlock is mandatory if the offense is alcohol-related, but optional if the offense is drug-related. If the vehicle is registered in your name, it will be subject to forfeiture. Participation in an alcohol and/or drug addiction treatment program is mandatory.

At Patituce & Associates, we will use our experience and knowledge to defend you against all charges you are facing – and the penalties associated with your case. We judge success based on your goals and your satisfaction with us meeting those goals.

Call us today to discuss your case in a pressure free, no obligation, consultation with one of our Akron DUI Attorneys. Our number is (330) 752-6706.