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Sentence Enhancements for DUI in D.C.

Sentence enhancements are facts or circumstances, which, if present in any individual case, will lead to an increased punishment that a person would not normally get, if those facts were not present. For example, a typical sentence enhancements would be increased jail time and/or increased fines.

In Washington D.C., there are sentence enhancements for DUI. For an offense that is committed with a passenger seventeen years old or younger in the vehicle, the minimum possible fine will be increased between $500 and $1,000. In addition, the driver must complete 48 hours of community service that benefits children. If the offense was a subsequent offense, 80 hours of community service will be required.

As has been mentioned in other sections, prior DWI/DUI/OWI offenses will increase the punishment a person will face on a subsequent offense. In addition, speeding, reckless driving, and/or causing an accident with injuries or property damage may increase jail time, label the driver as high risk driver, force the driver to go to victim impact panels (meetings between victims and the driver where the victims discuss how they were affected by drunk drivers), and even making what would be a misdemeanor into a felony.

In Washington D.C., if a person is driving intoxicated with a BAC of at least 0.2%, an enhanced penalty will be given upon conviction. If an offender’s BAC is at least .2% and it is his/her first offense, a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 days will be held. For the second offense within 15 years, there is a mandatory minimum of 10 days, and for the third or subsequent offense, there is a minimum of 15 days imprisonment. If the offender’s BAC is at least 0.25% and it is his/her first offense, a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 days will be held. For the second offense within 15 years, there is a mandatory minimum of 20 days, and for the third or subsequent offense, there is a minimum of 25 days imprisonment.

Furthermore, after the second offense with at least a 0.2% BAC, the offender will be required to perform 30 days of community service. If it is the third or subsequent offense, at least 60 days of community service will be required.

There are also other potential penalties, such as home confinement, in home BAC testing, and electronic monitoring, may be placed at the discretion of the court.


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