This post is the first in a two part series that discusses the consequences of a DC DUI or DWI conviction. As I have discussed in previous posts, DUI’s in the District of Columbia are heavily enforced and aggressively prosecuted. A first time DUI offense in the District of Columbia is a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of 180 days in jail and/or a $1,000.00 fine. While it is a misdemeanor (as opposed to a more serious felony), the consequences of a DUI conviction can be far reaching.
Because of the serious consequences, it is important that anyone charged with a DC DUI hire an experienced and aggressive DUI lawyer.
This post will discuss some of the main consequences that are common to all DC DUI convictions. Some people may suffer additional specific consequences unique to their own situation. For example, a specific employer could find out about the conviction and terminate the individual’s job or an individual could suffer serious family problems as a result. However, this post will discuss consequences that apply to everyone.