DRIVING WHILE YOUR LICENSE IS SUSPENDED

First Offense Driving on a DUI Suspended License

The penalty for a first offense of driving on a DUI suspended license is not more than ninety (90) days of jail time and the fine is not more than $250.00. The District Judge will suspend the driver’s license for six months. If you are driving DUI while DUI suspended, it is a Class A misdemeanor with not more than 12 months jail time and a fine of not more than $500.00. The license suspension is one year.

Second Offense for Driving on a DUI Suspended License

The penalty for a second offense of driving on DUI suspended license is not more than twelve (12) months of jail time and the fine is not more than $500. The driver’s license suspension is one year. If you are driving DUI while DUI suspended, second offense, it is a Class D felony with one to five years jail time and a fine of not less than $1,000.00 or more than $10,000.00. The license suspension is two years.

Third Offense or more for Driving on a DUI Suspended License

The penalty for a third offense of driving on a DUI suspended license is a Class D felony with between one and five years of jail time and a fine of not less than $1,000 or more than $10,000. The driver’s license suspension is two years. If you are driving DUI while DUI suspended, third offense, it is a Class D felony with one to five years jail time and a fine of not less than $1,000.00 or more than $10,000.00. The license suspension is five years.

Driving on a DUI suspended license now includes driving on an under-21 DUI suspension, refusal, pretrial and interlock device suspensions.

Multiple DUI offenders: Surrendering License Plates or Ignition Interlock Devices

All persons convicted of second or greater DUI offenses must have one or the other disabling option imposed by the Court. The Court may impound the license plate or plates of all motor vehicles owned, solely or jointly, by the offender. The suspension of the plate or plates shall not exceed the driver’s license suspension time. Family members or others may apply to the Court for a hardship exception. Before or after impoundment, the vehicle can be transferred to a joint owner or sold.

In lieu of impounding plates, the Court can order the installation of an ignition interlock device that prohibits starting a vehicle if the driver’s breath alcohol level is over 0.02. This option begins after the period of driver’s license suspension. This option is obviously more costly and restrictive and will probably not be widely utilized.