You have had a little too much fun and a bit too much alcohol or other qualifying substance. The police have nabbed you. DUI!

Call a lawyer whose practice includes DUI defense and give all the facts. Feelings of shame, guilt and fear are normal give all of the facts, anyway, no matter how mortified or embarrassed you may feel.

First DUI? Breathe. Although the maximum criminal penalty is two years in jail and/or a $750 fine, you are not likely to get that with good legal representation. You WILL have your drivers license administratively suspended for 90 days (you can reduce that to 30 days if you have an Ignition Interlock Device, or IID, installed in your automobile).

Hopefully, that first DUI is a lesson learned. Note that it will remain on your criminal record it is not susceptible to expungement under Vermont law. In addition, gubernatorial pardon is almost unheard of for this offense.

Second DUI? Some time has passed and you have forgotten the lesson? Again, call your attorney right away. The stakes are higher now. Two years in jail and/or a fine of $1,500 thats the maximum. Again, you probably will not serve that amount of time but you may get either a mandatory 60-hour jail sentence or 200 hours of community service. You will also face an administrative license suspension of 18 months (potentially 90 days with the device).

Having your license suspended is difficult transportation is crucial in a state like Vermont and public transportation is available but limited. Finding rides for up to 18 months? No fun. If you havent already, maybe do some serious introspection and ask yourself if you have a problem with intoxicating substances. Again, have no shame here there is help readily available if difficulty with substances might be an issue.

Again, the second DUI stays on your record.

If you are unfortunate enough to get a third DUI, whats the first thing you must do? CALL YOUR ATTORNEY! This is the big leagues. Again, you may not see the maximum of five years in jail and/or a fine of $5,000.00, but you may get a mandatory jail sentence of 96 hours. You may have to kiss your license good bye again, this will depend on many factors, including good legal representation.

Note that the laws are different for drivers under 21. If you would like to know more, please feel free to call at the Law Office of Amy K. Butler,802.371.0077