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A First Offense DUI Conviction in South Dakota Carries Hefty Penalties


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9/30/2011
Zimmer, Duncan & Cole
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Learn more about the penalties for a first offense DUI from a South Dakota DUI lawyer. A charge of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol in South Dakota for a first offense is considered a misdemeanor for drivers both under the age of 21 and over the age of 21. Depending on your case, a misdemeanor charge may involve bail, arraignments, judge or jury trials, and sentencing - all processes that take time and money. Additionally, if convicted of a misdemeanor charge, it becomes a part of your permanent record. 

Penalties for DUI First Offense if You Are Under the Age of 21

If you are under the age of 21 and have been charged with a first offense DUI, this is considered a Class 2 misdemeanor and you should expect to face the following penalties if convicted in South Dakota:

  • Fine
  • Loss of the driver's license for 30 days

Penalties for DUI First Offense if You Are Over the Age of 21

If you are over the age of 21 and have been charged with a first offense DUI, this is considered a Class 1 misdemeanor and you should expect to face the following penalties if convicted in South Dakota:

  • Fine of up to $1,000
  • Imprisonment up to one year
  • Loss of the driver's license ranging from 30 days to one year

These penalties will interfere with your life. If you have been charged with driving under the influence in South Dakota, it is important that you speak with a South Dakota DUI lawyer today. The attorneys at Zimmer, Duncan & Cole will start working on your case right away and will fight for your rights. Contact us at (888) 733-2992; we have been representing clients charged with DUI offenses throughout South Dakota for several years. With offices in Parker and Sioux Falls, we are here to work for you.



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