DUI Penalty Definitions
In all states, if you are pulled over with a BAC of .08 or higher, you will be convicted of a DUI. Some penalties that follow a DUI conviction are:
- Administrative license suspension – your license is taken immediately if you fail or refuse to take a chemical test (enforced in 41 states).
- Ignition interlocks – installed in your car and disable your ignition if you have been drinking (enforced in 45 states).
State DUI Penalties
- Drivers must demonstrate special hardship to justify restoring privileges during suspension.
- First offender program in 4 counties: Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Tulare.
- Ignition interlock is mandatory unless waived due to financial hardship.
- In New York, administrative license suspension lasts until prosecution is complete.
- In Texas, an ignition interlock is mandatory for first offense high-BAC as a condition of suspending the jail sentence.