Thanks for clarifying!
If sentenced to jail time, you would have to serve that time.
In some instances, alternatives may be available when an incarceration is appropriate (spending weekends in jail, etc.), though each situation and jurisdiction may handle such matters differently.
That said, for a first time DUI, if no one was hurt and no property was damaged, it's not likely that a defendant will be sentenced to jail time. It's not impossible, but it's unlikely.
Instead, a fine, license suspension, and probation are far more likely.
With probation, you don't serve time in jail but you have to stay out of trouble to avoid the sentence
from the previous charge. Further, you may be prohibited from drinking.
However, it's important to understand that a DUI conviction can result in a number of other unfavorable situations (license suspensions, higher insurance rates, a criminal record
, etc.) which can result in additional harm to a defendant later.
Therefore, you really want to take the matter seriously, as DUI is a serious and highly scientific crime.
You should immediately retain an attorney who regularly handles DUIs, as your attorney may find that there are defenses available to you. In some instances, for example, evidence can be suppressed and that can potentially be sufficient to essentially defeat a charge. That doesn't happen with every case, but in some instances it's possible. And, of course, other defenses may be available depending on the details.
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