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In the District of Columbia, DWI, DUI, and OWI are punished differently, depending upon one's blood alcohol level and the number of prior convictions.


                                            DWI and DUI Penalties:

For a first offense, the penalty is a fine of up to $300.00 and up to 90 days in jail.  If the person's blood alcohol level is 0.20 to 0.25, there is a mandatory five day jail sentence.  If the person's blood alcohol level exceeds 0.25, there is a mandatory ten day jail sentence.

For a second offense within fifteen years of a first offense, the penalty is a fine of between $1,000.00 and $5,000.00, and up to one year in jail (with at least five days in jail mandatory or thirty days of community service).  If a second offender's blood alcohol level is between 0.20 and 0.25, there is an additional mandatory jail sentence of ten days.  If the blood alcohol level is over 0.25, there is an additional mandatory jail sentence of twenty days.

For a third offense within fifteen years of two prior offenses, the penalty is a fine of between $2,000.00 and $10,000.00 dollars and up to one year in jail (with at least ten days in jail mandatory or sixty days of community service).  ).  If a third offender's blood alcohol level is between 0.20 and 0.25, there is an additional mandatory jail sentence of fifteen days.  If the blood alcohol level is over 0.25, there is an additional mandatory jail sentence of twenty-five days.

For offenses committed with a passenger seventeen years old or younger in the car, the above penalties include an additional minimum fine of between $500.00 and $1000.00 and forty-eight hours of community service benefiting children (or, for a subsequent offense, 80 hours of community service in such program).


                                                     OWI Penalties:

For a first offense, the penalty is a fine of between $200.00 and $300.00, and up to thirty days in jail.  

For a second offense within a 15-year period, the penalty is a fine of between $300.00 and $500.00, and up to thirty days in jail (of which five days is a mandatory minimum or thirty days of community service).  

For a third offense within a 15-year period, the penalty is a fine of between $1,000.00 and $5,000.00 and either a jail sentence of between ten days and one year or sixty days of community service.

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