Driving under the influence also known as DUI, is a severe criminal offense in DC that has serious consequences for convicted drivers, even if this is their first DUI offense. Although driving while intoxicated is considered a misdemeanor in the District of Columbia, it is the only misdemeanor that may carry mandatory minimum jail time. In case you are convicted of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, you may face a maximum penalty of 180 days and $1,000 fine. Keep in mind that judges consider drunk driving very seriously and that most of them give offenders probation even when they are convicted. Probation can be avoided only when the circumstances of your case impose mandatory minimum jail time.