First Offense DUI in Montana

A driver with a first DUI conviction in Montana faces both criminal and administrative penalties. Montana also has implied consent laws, and a first refusal to submit results in an automatic license suspension of six (6) months.

Administrative Penalties

  • First offense DUI in Montana results in an administrative license suspension of six (6) months
  • On a case-specific basis, ignition interlocks may be required for first offenders wishing to reinstate their license in Montana, and in addition, offenders may be able to obtain a probationary license during the suspension period, likely incurring the conditional use of an ignition interlock device
  • Completion of an alcohol/substance use dependency assessment and education course required for all suspension reinstatements as well, often a feature of the criminal penalties in any case

Criminal Penalties

How Much Will it Cost?

To get an idea of how much a first offense DUI will cost you, see our article on the cost of a DUI.

  • First offense DUI in Montana results in mandatory minimum periods of incarceration of one (1) day with potential of up to six (6) months. If offender arrested with minor (person under age of 16) present in vehicle, mandatory incarceration of two (2) days with potential of up to one (1) year
  • Fines range from minimum of $300 to maximum of $1000, which are doubled if minor is present in vehicle at time of arrest. These fine amounts do not include costs incurred during completion of sentence, such as probation visits and assessments, or costs involved in reinstatement of license
  • Convictions of first offense DUI in Montana are counted against future arrests and charges for DUI for a period of five (5) years

Getting Legal Help

For more information and insight into the first DUI process in Montana, consult with a Montana DUI lawyer.

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