DUI Penalties by State | What Are the Penalties for a DUI | DWI Penalties by State | What are the Consequences in A DUI or DWI?

The penalties for a DUI conviction are different in every state. By clicking on the state in which your drunk driving arrest took place in the table below you will be brought to that particular state's DUI consequences. It is important to note that while every effort has been made to ensure that this table's information is current and accurate, the penalties you imposed on you by the court may ultimately be different than those outlined on this site. This is due to the fact that the judge and prosecutor have some discretion in most instances with regard to exactly what penalties you will face for your drunk driving arrest. In most cases, a skilled drunk driving DUI lawyer will be able to work with the prosecutor and judge to obtain a fair punishment given the specific circumstances and facts in your DUI arrest. It is, therefore, very important that after reading the penalties for DUI in your state you contact an experienced DUI attorney to discuss your case and obtaining legal representation. 

Penalties for DUI / DWI - In General

There are three types of penalties that accompany practically every DUI: jail time, fines, and license revocation and / or suspension. In addition to these standard penalties, many states impose some combination of additional penalties as well. These penalties include things like: DUI schools, alcohol assessment and treatment programs, special vehicle tags identifying driver as DUI offender, photograph in local newspaper identifying DUI offender, attendance at a Mothers Against Drunk Driving Victim Impact Panel (MADD VIP), installation of an ignition interlock device (IID or BAIID), community service, conviction based surcharges, impoundment/immobilization of vehicle, loss of registration, vehicle seizure, forfeiture, and possible sale.  

Click on the state where your DUI arrest occurred to learn about the DUI Penalties you may face:

Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California
Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia
Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa
Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland
Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri
Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey
New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio
Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina
South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont
Virginia Washington Washington DC West Virginia Wisconsin


Do not attempt to deal with your DUI on your own. Obtaining representation by a qualified drunk driving attorney will likely mean the difference between a harsh sentence and a more lenient one.


You may not be able to beat your DUI charge entirely, but hiring an experienced DUI lawyer is likely to have a significant impact on the disposition of your case.


Contact a skilled drunk driving criminal defense attorney today to discuss the specific facts and circumstances of your case. The initial consultation is free!