First Offense DUI: Understanding Nonadjudication and Protecting Your Record 

If you have been charged with a first offense DUI, your life is not over. In addition to your defense of the charge, you may have the option of nonadjudicating the DUI. 

Nonadjudication simply means not judged – as in you are not judged guilty of the DUI. Under nonadjudication, the Court withholds judgment pending the completion of certain court ordered conditions. Those conditions include: 

1.            Installation of an ignition interlock device for one-hundred twenty (120) days in conjunction with a restricted license for the same OR suffering a one-hundred twenty-day (120) suspension of the person’s driver’s license; 

2.            Completion of Mississippi Alcohol Safety Education Program (MASEP); 

3.            Payment of fines, fees, and assessments. 

Some courts also require alcohol or drug screening, attendance at a victim-impact panel, and may require proof that the person has not committed any other traffic violations while under court supervision. After successful completion of all court ordered conditions, the court will enter a Final Order of Nonadjudication closing the case. 

The greatest benefit of nonadjudicating a DUI is that it allows a person who may have a simply made one bad mistake to keep their record clean without suffering any of the negative effects of a DUI conviction. 

If you have been charged with DUI, you need an experienced DUI defense attorney who can position your case for the best possible outcome. Contact the experienced DUI defense attorney, Charles P. Wilson, Jr. at Wilson Law Firm, P.C. at (228) 436-6391 or legal@wilsonattorney to set up a consultation today.