JLBC Staff Program Summary
Updated September 10, 2008
DUI Fines, Surcharges and Assessments
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) fines and
levied against all
(automobiles, watercraft and aircraft) under the
influence of alcohol. These fines and assessments
range in severity, depending on the number of prior
convictions and level of intoxication, with additional
convictions and higher blood-alcohol concentrations
(BAC) leading to larger monetary penalties.
A first-time conviction for regular DUI, in which the
offender’s BAC is at least 0.08% but less than 0.15%,
brings an initial fine of $250. A second will result in
a $500 fine.
A third offense can result in a conviction of
“aggravated” DUI and will result in a $750 fine.
A third category of DUI, called “extreme DUI,”
occurs when an individual is convicted with a BAC
of 0.15% or higher. This will result in a $250 fine for
first convictions and a $500 fine for second
convictions. An additional “extreme DUI” category
also was created in FY 2007 that increased penalties
to $500 for the first convictions and $1,000 for
second convictions for those whose BAC is 0.20% or
for DUI are
misdemeanors, which mean that these cases are
handled within local Justice or Municipal Courts.
Third DUI convictions are felonies, which means that
these cases may be tried in Superior Court.
Monetary penalties for DUI convictions start with a
base fine of $250 to $750 and increase with
additional assessments of up to $1,500, with the
amount varying by the type of charge on which the
offender is convicted, the offender’s past conviction
history, and the level of intoxication.
Monies collected through these penalties consist of a
base fine, surcharges, and up to 3 additional
assessments. Base fines are retained by the city or
county in the court’s juris