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What are the different levels and severities for DUI I can be charged with?

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What are the different levels and severities for DUI I can be charged with?

DUI charges can be very serious and costly to you and have a significant impact on your job, your family, and your future. You could be facing significant fines and costs and/or jail time.

The three levels of DUI are general impairment from .08 to .099 percent Blood Alcohol Content (BAC); high impairment from .10 to .159 percent BAC and highest impairment from .16 percent and high BAC. Some drivers can be automatically placed in the high BAC category such as commercial truck drivers, ones who cause an accident and school bus drivers. If a person suspected of DUI refuses and/or is unable to submit to a test, he can be charged with the highest impairment penalties.

Depending on your BAC level and the number of offenses, a DUI offender could be facing mandatory probation to up to 5 years in jail, a fine of $300.00 to $10,000.00, a license suspension up to 18 months, increased insurance rates and a permanent criminal record.

However, there are options. Depending upon the facts, you may be eligible for a pretrial diversionary program, such as Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD), a probationary license or occupational limited license and/or some other alternative disposition to reduce or avoid jail time.

With more than 27 years of experience in DUI offenses and ARD, John A. Gummo can confer with you and discuss all your options and strategies to find the best resolution for your DUI case.