When you break a certain law for the first time, the offense usually doesn't net you a large punishment. Certain laws that will yield you a smaller fine or a short amount of jail time include loitering, vandalism (for minor damages), public disturbances, or even verbal assault. Other crimes that can pose a danger to other people, such as physical assault, driving without privileges, or even a DUI (driving under the influence) can land you in major trouble even if you have never committed any other crime before. Here are some things you can expect from your first DUI.

License suspension

If you get arrested for a suspected DUI and refuse to take a breathalyzer test, your license will most likely be automatically suspended whether you are found guilty of the crime or not. If you take the breathalyzer test and are over your state's legal limit for drinking, then you will have your license suspended for at least 90 days. Each state has different laws regarding suspending licenses for a DUI, especially for first-time offenders, so you will need to talk to your attorney about how long you can expect your license to be taken from you.


While probation is not automatic for all DUI cases, it is something you should consider as part of your punishment, particularly if you were also convicted of another crime at the same time, such as destruction of property or concealment of a weapon. Probation is assigned to people convicted of crimes who can be a nuisance to society, and the goal is to help keep the people on probation on a positive path to lead more productive lives. Probation typically involves a form of community service and regular check-ins with a probation officer who will want to make sure you are keeping or seeking a job, not getting pulled over for driving with a suspended license, and taking randomized testing as required by your sentencing to make sure you are not drinking. If you are placed on probation, you will want to make sure you understand every stipulation so you don't accidentally break the rules and get in even more trouble.

When you get a DUI, you want to hire a lawyer who specializes in this kind of offense so you can fully understand just what to expect in your state. You may be facing other repercussions aside from losing your license, such as jail time or even a permanent record that can affect your ability to get a job later in life.

Talk to a firm such as Hart Law Offices, PC for a professional consultation.