How long can you go to jail for a DUI?
The length of time that you can go to jail for getting a DUI can vary. A lot of people who come into my office mistakenly think, “Well, it’s 48 hours no matter what.” And that’s not actually true. The law says that actual sentence for DUI, in terms of incarceration, is 11 months and 29 days. But that entire jail sentence can be suspended down to 48 hours. If you’re over a .20 blood alcohol, the law states that you have to do a mandatory minimum seven days consecutive in jail.
There are also certain situations, depending on your prior criminal history or your past or the particular judge or the facts and circumstances of your DUI, that a judge may sentence you to more than the minimum. There are times when people actually get 30 days in jail or six months in jail.
If you’re in a situation where you’ve been arrested for a DUI, and you’re concerned about jail time, it’s important to sit down with a skilled DUI attorney that’s familiar with the venue or the jurisdiction and be able to make a meaningful decision about how to defend your case.