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How a DUI Conviction Can Land You in Jail in South Dakota


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9/29/2011
Zimmer, Duncan & Cole
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Being charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol in South Dakota sets in motion many challenges in trying to keep that charge off of your permanent records.  However, as difficult as it is to fight a DUI charge, there are a few things more terrifying than facing a DUI conviction.  For drivers over the age of 21, the penalties involved with driving while intoxicated (DWI) range from fines and loss of the driver's license to, unfortunately, jail time.

Once convicted of a DUI in South Dakota, imprisonment is a possibility starting from the first offense.  The amount of jail time that you can expect to face for a DUI conviction is as follows:

  • First Offense:  Imprisonment up to one year.
  • Second Offense: Imprisonment up to one year. If convicted of driving during the period of time in which the driver's license was revoked, there is an additional sentence to county jail for not less than three days. This sentence will not be suspended.
  • Third Offense: Imprisonment up to two years. If convicted of driving during the period of time in which the driver's license was revoked, there is an additional sentence to county jail for not less than ten days. This sentence will not be suspended.

Imprisonment means loss of freedom, loss of precious time with your family and, quite often, loss of your job.  Depending on the number of DUI offenses, a conviction can be considered a misdemeanor or a felony.  This information becomes a part of your permanent record for all current and potential future employers to see. 

If you or a loved one has been charged with driving under the influence, don't take any chances.  Contact an experienced South Dakota DUI attorney at Zimmer, Duncan & Cole, we have been assisting clients throughout South Dakota and winning cases since 1948.  Call us toll free at (888) 733-2992 to speak with a South Dakota DUI lawyer about your case.  We have offices in Sioux Falls and Parker and we are ready to assist you.



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