First Offense DUI in Vermont

If you are accused of a first DUI in Vermont you may be subject to the following criminal and administrative penalties.

Administrative Penalties

License Suspension. A first DUI in Vermont may result in administrative license suspension of 90 days. Reinstatement of license requires completion of court-mandated alcohol and driving education programs, an alcohol assessment, and if applicable, an alcohol treatment program. Reinstatement for first offenders does not require use of ignition interlock device

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.

Jail time. A first offense conviction does not require mandatory minimum incarceration, but drivers do face a maximum incarceration period of not more than two years.

Fines. Fines for first offense convictions are capped at a maximum of $750. However, these fines do not include case-specific surcharges, such as the DUI surcharge (at least $160), nor do they account for costs incurred in completing terms of the sentence, reinstatement of license, or any other costs of the DUI case

DUI convictions remain on driver’s record permanently and can influence sentencing of subsequent DUI convictions indefinitely

Plea Bargaining

The state of Vermont does not expressly prevent defendants from negotiating a plea deal with prosecutors, which reduces the DUI charge to a lesser, potentially non-criminal offense. However, the ability to negotiate a favorable plea bargain, or even obtain dismissal of pending criminal charges, may be contingent upon the advice of legal counsel and the case-specific nature of each DUI case. For more information and insight, consult with a Vermont DUI lawyer.

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