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What are the penalties for DUI conviction in DC

The penalties for a DUI conviction in DC are in the DC Code.

DUDC DUI penaltiesI Penalties

Maximum PenaltyMandatory Minimum Jail Time
Offense Status

Maximum Penalties
(Jail & Fines)

License Revocation

Refusal or Alcohol Score below .20 Breath or Blood Alcohol Content (BrAC/BAC) or .25 Urine Alcohol Content (UAC)

.20 BrAC/BAC

.25 Urine Alcohol Content (UAC)

>.25 BrAC/BAC

>.32 UAC

>.30 BrAC/BAC

>.39 UAC

DUI 1st Offense

180 days and/or $1,000

6-month license revocation

none10 days15 days20 days
DUI 2nd Offense

1 year and/or $2,500-$5,000

1-year license revocation

10 days25 days30 days35 days
DUI 3rd Offense

1 year and/or $2,500-$10,000

2-year license revocation

12 days35 days40 days45 days
DUI 4th and Subsequent Offenses1 year and/or $2,500-$10,00045 days (add 30 days for each subsequent offense)65 days (add 30 days for each subsequent offense)70 days (add 30 days for each subsequent offense)75 days (add 30 days for each subsequent offense)
DUI Additional Mandatory Minimum Penalties
  • Minor in the Vehicle. In addition to the penalty in the chart, a person will receive 5 days Mandatory Minimum sentence for each minor that is properly restrained in an appropriate car seat, booster seat, or seat belt and 10 days Mandatory Minimum sentence for each minor that is not properly restrained.  In addition, the possible maximum fine, noted in the second column of the chart, is increased by $500 for each properly restrained minor and $1,000 for each improperly restrained minor.
  • Prohibited Drugs. Persons driving impaired who have a Schedule I chemical or controlled substance or PCP, Cocaine, Methadone, Morphine, or one of its active metabolites or analogs in their blood or urine will receive  an additional Mandatory Minimum sentence.  The amount of required jail time begins with 15 days for a first offense and increases with each subsequent conviction.
  • Commercial Vehicle, including taxis and pedicabs. In addition to the penalties in the chart, drivers of these vehicles will receive a 5 day Mandatory Minimum sentence.   *** Note that a person driving a commercial vehicle is “per se” (in and of itself) impaired if their BRAC/BAC/UAC is .04 or above. 
DUI penalties for youth

In 2007, 31 percent of young drivers 15 to 20 years old who were killed in alcohol related crashes vehicle had blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of .01 or greater, and 26 percent of young drivers had BACs of .08 or greater. The risk of a fatal crash for drivers under 21 is greater at low alcohol levels than it is for older drivers.

It is illegal in every state for persons under the age of 21 to purchase and publicly possess alcoholic beverages. In support of these laws, it is illegal for persons under 21 who have been drinking to drive. A zero tolerance law makes it illegal “per se” (in and of itself) for persons under the age of 21 to drive with any measurable amount of alcohol in their blood.

The use-lose statutes make it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to purchase, possess, transport, or consume alcohol. A youth with a measurable amount of alcohol in his or her body is in violation of the law and loses his or her driver’s license, usually for six months to one year. For youths not yet licensed to drive, the law typically delays issuance of a driver’s license for a specific period (usually six months to a year).