Exactly. My first and only DUI was in 2006. My lawyer said : Listen to me very carefully Claire. This first offense is your lesson. The penalty for the 1st is supposed to be a deterrent. If you ever want to have a normal life, you will not survive the 2nd. I quit drinking and driving that day. I have a life.So you won't have the ramifications of a second DUI, since you haven't been convicted for any of them yet? I didn't realize that was a thing. Second offense is no license for 4 years. I got a DUI in 2018, first offense, and since I work from home, I wouldn't have been able to drive anywhere with limited driving privileges except church (lol), plus I totaled my car, so I just didn't drive for a year at all. Then I had to have a breathalyzer interlock device installed for a year after I got my license back, and I have a 0.04% BAC limit until 2022. For second offense it's lose your license for 4 years, and then maybe 4 more years of ignition interlock? Not sure about the second part.
You 100% will lose your license for at least a year, it's mandatory for first offense. Also mandatory is that when you get your license back, you will need an ignition interlock for a year but you can drive wherever, and you will have a 0.04% BAC limit. In fact even if you didn't bother to go to the DMV and get your license back for 10 years, you'd still be required to do a year of ignition interlock when you did get it back. They will also require you to take probably 48 hours of an alcohol treatment course. It's a giant pain in the ass, the course costs money, and the ignition interlock has a monthly fee too (like $75). And you get charged any time you trigger the interlock device by blowing over your limit. If you choose to take limited driving privileges for work (you can get it after I think 45 days, or maybe 30, from when you get convicted), you will have a 0% limit, and those interlock devices can trigger above 0% for all sorts of things, even if you eat yeast bread and blow into it, or if there is an aroma of ethanol gasoline that you can smell when you blow into it. it's fucked.
I'm not sure if going to jail helps, my lawyer didn't even tell me that was an option. I might have done it if it meant no other consequences, but I know that the ignition interlock thing is definitely a requirement regardless.
You should get a handheld breathalyzer device, you have to get a good one, I got one for like $80 from amazon. If you have had any alcohol that day or even the night before, always, always make sure you're under your limit, you have to blow into it a few times and take the average because it varies slightly each time. You'd be surprised how long it takes to get under 0.04% even the next morning if you got really drunk the night before. One time I partied at a house party and got really drunk and stayed up until 8am. I didn't blow under 0.04% until 6pm , even though I felt completely sober.
You'll also be surprised by how tipsy you feel at 0.08%. At 0.08, I was like man, I probably shouldn't be driving, I'm a little drunk. At 0.04%, I felt basically sober. You will 100% want to get one of those things once you have the ignition interlock, or else you'll end up getting lots of fines and having to take your car in to get it unlocked every time.
The consequences of a DUI really sucks. I hope you don't get charged with a second offense, the first offense was shitty enough, it was a big deal and substantially impacted my life for 2 years. You have a lawyer, right?