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A DUI charge is a serious matter. Whether it’s your first offense or your third offense, you need information and help and you need them fast. Here is your one-stop source for District of Columbia DUI lawyers, District of Columbia DUI laws, and what a District of Columbia DUI attorney can do for you.

Washington, DC DUI/DWI Glossary of Terms

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Washington, DC DUI Convictions:

First Offense: 

Jail:  Up to 90 days.

Fine:  Range from $300 to $1,000.

License Revocation:  6 months.


Second Offense: 

Jail:  Up to 1 year.

Fine:  Range from $1,000 to $5,000.

License Revocation:  1 year.

Ignition Interlock Device (IID):  The court may order you to have an IID installed on your vehicle for a certain period of time, and at your expense.


Third Offense: 

Jail:  Up to 1 year in jail.

Fine:  Range from $2,000 to $10,000.

License Revocation:  2 years.


OWI:  A person commits an OWI if she or he operates a motor-vehicle while impaired by alchohol.

First Offense: 

Jail:  Up to 30 days.

Fine: $200-$300.

Second Offense:

Jail:  5 day mandatory minimum, and up to 30 days.


District of Columbia BAC Per Se: 0.08%

High BAC: 0.20%

BAC Zero Tolerance: 0.02%

Commercial Driver BAC While Operating a Commercial Vehicle:  0.04%

District of Columbia Implied Consent Law/Test Refusal Consequences: Yes. Refusing an alcohol test can lead to civil punishment, including license suspension for up to one year.

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