Gulfport & Bay St. Louis DUI Attorney

Understanding Mississippi DUI Law, Serving the Entire Gulf Coast

In Mississippi, it is unlawful to operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you are stopped and found to have a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .08% or higher you will be charged with a DUI. Even if you do not show signs of impairment, you may be charged and Mississippi DUI penalties can be severe. 

It is important to hire a qualified Mississippi DUI attorney to represent you. The DUI lawyers serving Gulfport & Bay St. Louis at Holcomb & Russell use their extensive knowledge of criminal law for the benefit of our clients.

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If you have been arrested for DUI, contact our Gulfport DUI attorney and schedule a free initial consultation today.

Reach out at (228) 332-3902 or use the form to the right to schedule your free consultation.

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What are The Penalties for a First DUI Offense in Mississippi?

When you are stopped on suspicion of DUI, you have the right to refuse to submit to field sobriety tests. If you do, however, you will be required to submit to a chemical test later. When a person fails the chemical test, there is an automatic license suspension for a minimum of 90 days, though you will be given a temporary permit that allows you to drive until your trial. The penalties depend on whether this is your first offense or a subsequent offense.

In Mississippi, the penalties for a first DUI offense include:

  • Up to 48 hours in jail
  • Fines of between $250 and $1,000
  • Completion of an alcohol safety education program
  • A 30-day license suspension
  • 90-day license suspension with test refusal
  • Ignition interlock device for at least 6 months

What Happens if You Get a Second DUI in Mississippi?

The possible penalties for a second DUI include:

  • Between 1 and 5 years in jail
  • Fines of between $2,000 and $5,000
  • Completion of an alcohol safety education program
  • A 5-year license suspension
  • Ignition interlock device for at least 3 years

What Happens if You Get a Third DUI in Mississippi?

The penalties for third offense DUI in Mississippi include:

  • Between 5 days and 1 year in jail
  • Fines of between $600 and $1,500
  • Completion of an alcohol safety education program
  • A 2-year license suspension
  • Between 10 days and 1 year of community service
  • Ignition interlock device for at least 6 months

Is DUI a Felony or a Misdemeanor in Mississippi?

A DUI can be a felony if it is your third offense within the past 5 years. A DUI after your third DUI within your lifetime is a felony.

How Long Does a DUI Stay on Your Record in Mississippi?

In Mississippi, a DUI will stay on your driving record for five years and on your criminal history forever.

Experienced Mississippi DUI Lawyers on Your Side

Our DUI attorneys serving Gulfport & Bay St. Louis will assess the circumstances of your case and recommend the best strategy for your defense. We can advise you of possible options—such as seeking a hardship license that will allow you to drive to work—and help you navigate the legal process. We recommend that you seek legal advice as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected.