Vermont’s DUI Penalties Include:
1ST Offense: Maximum fine of $750.00 or maximum imprisonment of two years or both, 23 V.S.A. §1210(b).
2nd Offense: Maximum fine of $1,500.00 or maximum imprisonment of two years or both, but 48 consecutive hours of imprisonment mandatory, 23 V.S.A. §1210(c).
3rd Offense: Maximum fine of $2,500.00 or maximum imprisonment of 5 years or both. Third or subsequent offense is a felony. 23 V.S.A. §1210(d).
DUI Resulting In Death: Maximum fine of $10,000 or imprisonment of at least one year but not more than 15 years, or both. Serious Bodily Injury Resulting is a felony. 23 V.S.A. §1210(f).
In addition to fines, the Court must impose the following surcharges:
(a) $60.00 for conviction of 23 V.S.A. §1201 for Department of Health Laboratory Services.
(b) $50.00 for conviction of 23 V.S.A. §1201 for on call public defender fund.
(c) $50.00 for conviction of 23 V.S.A. §1201 for DUI enforcement fund.
(d) $17.50 for conviction of violating any motor vehicle law.
License reinstatement is governed by 23 V.S.A. §1209(a) for both civil and criminal license suspensions, as well as for violations of 23 V.S.A. §1216, drivers under 21, under 23 V.S.A. §1218, commercial motor vehicle operators.
Anyone who is under age 21 operating a motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration of 0.02% or more commits a civil traffic violation and faces a 6 month license suspension for a first offense, and a one year suspension for a subsequent offense. See, 23 V.S.A. §1216. Violators of §1216 may still be prosecuted for criminal DUI under 23 V.S.A. §1201. Any license suspension under §1216 remains in effect until the prescribed time lapses and until compliance with 23 V.S.A. §1209(a).
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