Sometimes Connecticut residents travel to other states, like Mississippi, for business or pleasure and have the unfortunate luck to be charged with a DUI. If this happens to you, you should first find a qualified DUI lawyer in Mississippi, but you should also be aware of how Connecticut’s DMV will treat you upon your return.
Mississippi DUI Penalties
If you have been convicted of a DUI in Mississippi, you would be convicted of violating section 63-11-30 of the Mississippi statutes.
In Mississippi, the penalties for DUI can range depending on the number of prior DUI offenses you have.
First offense: If you are convicted for your first DUI in the state of Mississippi, you must pay a fine between $250 and $1,000. In addition, you will have to serve a jail sentence of 48 hours or less, although the court can give you an alternative punishment, such as attending a victim impact panel. Your license will also be suspended for 90 days, however, the court may reduce the suspension or give you a hardship license, depending on your circumstances.
Second offense: A second offense will result in a fine of $600-$1,500, a jail sentence between five days and one year, community service to be performed for no less than ten days and no more than one year, and a two year suspension of your license. Again, this suspension can be reduced, but only after one year.
Third/subsequent offense: This offense is a felony and you will have to pay a fine of $2,000-$5,000, you must serve a jail sentence of one to five years, and your license will be suspended for five years (although you might be eligible for reinstatement after the first three years of suspension). In addition, you might have to forfeit your vehicle.
If you are a Connecticut resident who has been charged with or convicted of DUI in Mississippi, you should be aware that there are repercussions on your Connecticut license in your home state in addition to any license impact in Mississippi as set forth above.
After hiring a Mississippi DUI lawyer to help you fight your DUI, you should consider contacting a Connecticut DUI lawyer like our firm with experience in interstate DMV consequences or asking us to assist you in retaining one for your home state consequences.