What are the penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs?

The law presumes that you are under the influence of alcohol, legally intoxicated, if the breath test shows your blood alcohol content is .08 percent or higher. A first-time conviction of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a Class 1 misdemeanor, which comes with a mandatory minimum fine of $250, driver’s license suspension of one year, and a possible jail sentence of up to twelve months. Certain blood alcohol levels will result in mandatory minimum jail time of up to ten days. Subsequent convictions will result in increased fines, increased license suspension, and increased jail confinement. Convictions also will result in referrals to alcohol or drug counseling programs. 

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