What should I expect for a first-time DUI?

I’m 17 and got arrested for a DUI. I’ve never had a license and I blew a .12. I spent the weekend in jail then got released on a PR bond. My dad has cancer so my family has no money to help me. No previous arrest record never been in trouble really. What should I do?

Asked on October 24, 2011 under Criminal Law, Michigan

Answers:

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

As you are probably aware, being arrested for a driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance is a serious offense. Most first time offenders who plea out to the charge or are convicted of the charge end up paying a substantial fine ($2,000 or so), spend time in jail (which you did), have their driver's license suspended, are ordered to go to classes about the dangers of drinking and driving, and have their auto insurance premiums drastically increase.

Given your circumstances, you should consider retaining an attorney to represent you or at least see if you can have a court appointed public defender.

Good luck.


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