If you have recently been arrested for a DUI and plan to plead guilty, you will likely be handed a form by the bailiff (or your attorney) in which you waive all of your constitutional rights in this case such as the right to remain silent and the right to a jury trial. There will a number of disclosures on the form regarding the possible punishment you face and its consequences. In some courts, the judge goes over the form with you in detail in open court. The reason for the form and the open court dialog with the judge is to make sure you can’t come back later and challenge the conviction on the grounds that you were not well informed about your rights.
Conviction upon Entry of Plea
Once you plead guilty, you have been convicted of the offense. Sometimes people who plead guilty don’t understand that this counts as a conviction and when later asked whether they have been convicted of something they’ll answer no. Once convicted, powerful policies make it very difficult for you to withdraw your guilty plea.
Likely Consequences of a Conviction
All states provide that DUI convictions are misdemeanors punishable by up to six months in jail and the imposition of substantial fines. Actual sentences are much less in first-time, non‑injury DUIs. A number of states provide for a minimum number of days to be served in jail, typically from one to three days, while many others have no minimum sentence. Most states impose large fines and require an expensive DUI school. Licenses are typically suspended for up to a year, although most states will allow you to drive to and from work and medical care, especially if you agree to an ignition interlock. Finally, most states put you on information probation for up to three years which may include zero tolerance for blood alcohol content. If the BAC is .15 or more or you clearly evidenced bad driving that might have hurt someone if you hadn’t been stopped and you plead guilty, the judge may come up with some hefty punishments.
When you are convicted of any kind of DUI, you are set up for much harsher sentence and fine if you are convicted of a subsequent DUI within the next 7 to 10 years. In that case, there will be no reasonable question about attorney representation—you will need it. But the best way to handle a second DUI is to not get one. DUI school is meant to keep second DUIs from happening. If you take it seriously, the likelihood of a repeat offense will go down.
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