First Offense

What penalties do you face for a first time East Lyme DUI arrest? On this page, we outline both the court penalties as well as the DMV penalties that you face. We also discuss the pretrial alcohol education program, which could be an alternative to conviction that is available to you. Finally, learn the penalties for an underage driver charged with DUI.


For many people, their first offense DUI in East Lyme is also their first arrest, and this compounds the anxiety typically felt by people in these situations. DUIs have long-term consequences associated with them, but it is important to assuage yourself with the notion that first-time DUIs are punished much less harshly than subsequent DUIs. If you are facing a DUI charge, you should learn more about the potential penalties, alternatives to a conviction, and how to protect your rights. You can learn all of this and more on this page.

Penalties You Face For a First Offense

The penalties involved in a 1st time DUI include, but are not limited to, six months jail time, fines, probation, 100 hours of community service, ignition interlock requirements for a year, and substance abuse counseling. However, keep in mind that jail sentences are usually suspended for first-time offenders. There is a chance that you will not have to serve jail time at all.

Typically first offense DUI defendants can take part in a court program to resolve the case and keep a clean record. These programs require the defendant to agree to toll the statute of limitations and to waive the right to a speedy trial. The program typically consists of the person speaking with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the division of the court known as Court Support Services, who then make a recommendation to the court about what is best suited to the particular person.

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Special Circumstances

Everyone is not eligible for this program as I mentioned above. Those not eligible include those under 21, those with a CDL, and those facing certain aggravating circumstances. Aggravating circumstances under the law include driving a motor vehicle at double the speed limit, having double the legal BAC at the time of the arrest, fleeing the scene, resisting arrest, endangering a child, or causing an accident that results in serious bodily injury or death.

People under 21 are not permitted a BAC reading of .02% or higher, and those that are under 18 have their driver’s licenses immediately taken by the arresting officer. They cannot get it back until the suspension has lapsed and a guardian goes with them to the police station and signs it out.

Although first offense DUIs are treated less harshly in this area of the law, the consequences are still quite severe, and a person’s best option is to have an East Lyme DUI defense attorney represent them in these matters. To speak with an attorney that knows this area of the law, contact Lady DUI.

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