Driving under the influence is a very serious crime with very serious consequences. Accordingly, many people charged with a DUI are worried that they might end up with jail time. As explained by Very Well Mind, jail time is a very real possibility after being arrested for DUI.

Immediately after your arrest, you’ll be taken to a local police station for booking. You might also be detained for a period of time until you’re deemed sober. In other states, you’ll be released from the holding cell when another person comes to retrieve you and possibly remit bail. Along with your arrest, you may also be subject to jail time after your hearing. Many states have mandatory jail times for DUI offenses, even for first-time offenders. For repeat offenders or those subject to extenuating circumstances, jail time will likely be increased beyond the minimum. 

Once you’re released from jail you’ll be placed on probation. During this time you must adhere to the terms of probation as explained by the court. This includes meeting your probation officer as specified and paying any costs associated with your conviction. If you fail to uphold the terms of your probation, you’ll likely be returned to jail. 

While jail time is bad enough, you’ll be subject to many other punishments after a DUI conviction. Your license will be suspended for a period of time, and in serious cases, your driving privileges may even be revoked. You’ll also be ordered to pay a fine, along with all assorted court fees. Many states require people with DUI convictions to attend alcohol education classes. Ignition interlock devices are also becoming more common. These devices are installed in vehicles and the driver must submit a breathalyzer before the vehicle can be started.