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How DUI Penalties Work in Kansas

If you’re charged with a DUI in Kansas, you can face various penalties, alongside requirements to attend substance abuse treatment and education.  As of 2023, here is what you can expect depending on how many times you have been charged in the past:




See Note 1 below

  • Minimum 48 hours jail or 100 hours of community service.
  • Fines of $750 – $1000.
  • License suspension: 30 days to 1 year, plus 180 days to 1 year restriction to driving only with a car that has a registered interlock devise installed.


  • Minimum five days jail;
  • Fines of $1250 – $1500;
  • License suspension of one year plus at least 1 year interlock restriction.


  • Minimum 90 days jail (possibly served in work release or home confinement); May be charged as a felony or misdemeanor
  • Fines of $1500 – $2500;
  • License suspension of 1 year plus at least 2 years interlock restriction.

Note 1:  Successful completion of the Kansas DUI diversion program will allow you to avoid a ‘conviction’.  A Diversion IS on your Driver’s record and still operates as a ‘first offense’ for purposes of future DUI charges, and ‘occurrence’ for purpose of driver’s license suspensions.

Note 2:  Expect more jail time if you have a child under 14 in the car with you at the time of your DUI.

Note 3:  A fifth or greater conviction will result in a permanent revocation of your Kansas driver’s license.

*The legislature frequently makes changes to the laws regarding DUI’s and DL privileges, so consult with an attorney for the most updated information.

Don’t Face These Consequences Without Representation – Call Now.

A DUI can result in setbacks and missed opportunities. It’s always in your best interest to consult with an attorney to ascertain what can be done to address these charges. Attorney Sally Kelsey at The Law Office of Sally G. Kelsey can help you with a cohesive legal strategy to fight for your desired goals and interests.

Schedule your initial consultation with her today by calling 785-371-0536 or visiting her contact page.