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What are the punishments for drunk driving?

On Behalf of | Dec 15, 2020 | Uncategorized |

The state of Mississippi has harsh penalties for drunk driving. If you’re caught driving under the influence, you could be facing license suspension, jail time, loss of your vehicle and other penalties. Here’s a rundown of some of the punishments you might face if you’re caught drunk driving.

What are the penalties for drunk driving in Mississippi?

In the state of Mississippi, the legal blood alcohol concentration is 0.08. If you’re caught driving with a BAC over that level, you might be charged with drunk driving. A drunk driving conviction comes with a variety of penalties and steeper punishments for repeat offenders.

The state of Mississippi mandates that anyone convicted of a DUI must take a mandatory driving course. You’ll have to pay the fee and complete the course if you want to get your license reinstated. Until then, you won’t be able to drive legally. In some cases, you might even get your vehicle confiscated. For this reason, it’s important to hire an attorney when you’re facing a DUI.

If you’re a repeat offender, you’ll be required to get an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle. With this device, you’ll have to take a breath test every time you get into the vehicle. If you have a BAC over the legal limit, you won’t be able to start the vehicle. On top of that, you might have to pay fines and spend time in jail.

How might an attorney get your DUI charges dropped?

Under certain circumstances, an attorney might be able to get your DUI charges reduced or dropped altogether. If your attorney has reason to believe that law enforcement acted illegally, they may bring that up in court. They may also argue for reduced sentencing if you don’t have a prior record.