First Offense

If you have recently been arrested for a first offense Cheshire DUI, you likely have a lot of questions and a lot of uncertainty around what happens next. Check out this page for more information on this subject. We discuss DUI penalties for a first time offender and the alternative options that might be available to you.


Getting a 1st DUI charge in Cheshire is quite often the first time a person has any exposure to the criminal justice system, which only compounds the feelings of anxiety and confusion. It is important to know that first-time DUIs do have some pretty harsh penalties associated with them, but they are treated much less harshly than subsequent DUIs. You can learn more about what to expect from a first-time DUI in Cheshire on this page.

1st DUI Penalties

1st DUI offenders may see penalties up to six months in jail with a mandatory minimum of two days served, or six months suspended with probation, community service of 100 hours, a fine of up to $1,000.00, and 45 days loss of license. Once an offender’s license is reinstated by the DMV, they need to use an ignition interlock device in their vehicle(s) for one year following reinstatement.

Diversionary Programs

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However, 1st DUI offenders, when eligible, are often offered what is known as a pretrial diversionary program. If this program is successfully completed, it ends with the charges being dismissed and the person’s record remaining clean of convictions. Only upon successful completion will the DUI charge be dropped.

Despite first-time Cheshire DUIs being treated less harshly than subsequent DUIs, it is still important to obtain the best results possible. To do this, it is best to have an attorney that is familiar with this area of law representing you. To achieve this, contact Lady DUI today.

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