First Offense DUI in Nebraska

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First offense DUI in Nebraska results in both criminal and administrative penalties including:

Administrative Penalties

  • First offense DUI in Nebraska results in mandatory administrative license suspension of ninety (90) days with potential suspension period of up to six (6) months. Offenders with elevated BAC above .15 face suspension of one (1) year
  • Reinstatement of license during suspension or revocation period possible for first offenders, but will require use of ignition interlock device
  • Refusals to submit under Nebraska’s implied consent laws result in automatic license suspension of ninety (90) days

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 Nebraska convictions carry minimum incarceration period of seven (7) days with potential incarceration of up to sixty (60) days. Minimums may be served out in the form of community service in limited instances
  • Fines applied are not to be in excess of $500, but fine amount does not include surcharges, fees, and other expenses incurred during completion of sentence
  • Convictions remain on driver’s record and can influence sentencing and charges in future DUI cases for a period of twelve (12) years

Getting Legal Help

The state of Nebraska does not automatically preclude defendants from negotiating plea options that reduce DUI charges into lesser criminal or non-criminal driving violations. Likewise, defendants should utilize legal counsel to negotiate favorable terms of plea agreements, if obtaining outright dismissal is not feasible in light of case-specific factors. 

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