Learn More About DUI Law

Learn More About DUI Law

Understand the details of DUI in Carthage & Philadelphia, MS

DUI law in Carthage, MS and throughout the state can be confusing. Here are a few facts that can help you better understand these serious charges.

Q: What constitutes a DUI?

A: Driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or greater or with any illegal substance in your system.

Q: What are the charges associated with a DUI?

A: Charges depend on the situation and the number of offenses. For example, a first offense DUI can result in up to 48 hours in jail and/or $250 to $1,000 in fines. A third offense DUI could result in one to five years in jail and/or $2,000 to $5,000 in fines.

Q: Are there other punishments, such as community service or treatment?

A: Yes. A second offense requires 10 days to 6 months of community service. Second and subsequent offenses also require a detailed drug abuse assessment and potentially treatment.

Q: What happens if you cause injury or death while driving intoxicated?

A: This is considered an aggravated DUI and can result in 5 to 25 years of prison time.

Q: How does child endangerment play into a DUI charge?

A: If you are charged with a DUI when you had a child under 16 in your vehicle, you could face a separate misdemeanor for child endangerment. This could lead to a $1,000 fine and a year in jail per child. If injury or death occurred, the charges become a felony with a $10,000 fine and 25 years in prison.

Q: What happens to your driver's license after a DUI?

A: A first offense results in license suspension for 120 days, one year for a second offense, three years for a third offense and 10 years for a fourth offense. Those charged can also request a restricted license, installing an ignition interlock device (IID) in their vehicle to take a sobriety test before driving.