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Illegal Levels
A blood-alcohol content of 0.02% or greater is considered a DUI for any driver under the age of 21. For drivers 21 years old and older, a blood-alcohol content of 0.08% or grater is considered a DUI.

Punishments for DUI Convictions
For the FIRST offense: (under 0.08%)
  • Suspension of driver's license for 6 months with no provision for a limited permit or early reinstatement.
  • No nolo contendere plea. A nolo contendere plea is a defendant neither admits nor denies that they committed a crime, but agrees to a punishment as if guilty.
  • Attendance at a DUI school.
  • Must re-take driver's test.
  • At least 20 hours of community service, to begin within 60 days of sentencing.
  • Loss of ability to obtain next Graduated License level for 12 months.
For the FIRST offense: (0.08% or more)
Punishments are the same as for the first offense under 0.08% except:
  • Mandatory jail term not less than 24 hours.
  • Community service is not less than 40 hours.
  • Suspension of license for 12 months, with no re-instatement prior to the end of the suspension period.
For the SECOND offense:
Punishments are the same as for the first offense except:
  • Suspension of driver's license for a minimum of 18 months, with a provision of ignition interlock permit after 12 months.
  • Community service is not less than 30 days.
  • Clinical evaluation and treatment if indicated.
  • Mandatory jail term is not less than 72 hours.
  • The court will order a person convicted of a 2nd and subsequent DUI to surrender all license plates registered in his or her name to the court.
If the offender is under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court due to age, the sentence will be or be placed in the Sheriff's custody. Regardless of age, the Judge will still have the discretion to sentence the driver for a misdemeanor, with graduated punishment, depending on the number of prior offenses. In all cases, the offender will be separated from the main prison population.

Punishments for Drivers 21 and Older
  • The nolo contendere plea for DUI charges will be treated as a conviction for all drivers.
  • May be ordered to serve a period of imprisonment of up to 12 months.
  • May be subject to a $1,000 fine for the first offense.
  • Upon a second DUI conviction, the offender will face a mandatory clinical evaluation and, if indicated, will have to complete a substance abuse treatment program at the offender's expense.
  • The court will order a person convicted of a 2nd or subsequent DUI to have an ignition interlock device attached to his or her vehicle(s).
  • The court will order a person convicted of a 2nd or subsequent DUI to surrender all license plates registered in his or her name to the court.
  • There are provisions for the offender to obtain a license tag for any car used by other family members, and the existence of the special tag will not be probable cause for a traffic stop, search of the vehicle or seizure.
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Slow Down!
Don't Drink & Drive!
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