Second and Third DUI Charge
Penalties for Multiple DUI Charges
Some individuals may be arrested for a DUI, already having prior convictions on their record within the past 10 years. If this is the case, the penalty issued will be automatically increased. This means larger fines, a longer or stricter probation period and greater DUI school requirements. You will face a longer period of
license suspension and a longer jail sentence. For all of these reasons, incurring another DUI conviction is something that should be avoided at all costs.
The Second Offense
A DUI charge can be difficult to navigate through and finding yourself back in the position is the last thing that anyone would hope for. An initial conviction can come with unfortunate consequences and after that, each instance will only be more difficult. A second conviction will result in fines up to $1000, DUI school for between 18 to 30 months, up to a year in jail or prison, five years of probation and a two years of a driver license suspension. A fourth DUI within a ten year period is instantly charged as a felony DUI.
The Third Offense
A third offense will be a further increase to the already steep penalties that are faced by the accused. They can result in up to five years of probation, a 30 month DUI educational program, fines up to $1,000, a year in jail and a license revocation of three years. It will also lead to another mark on your criminal record that may be viewed by those inquiring into your background.
As even the lighter penalties of restricted driving privileges have a heavy impact on one's life, perhaps even more important is what can be done to maintain your rights and freedom. While many people feel they are at a loss to defend against a charge, there are often a number of aspects that can be investigated and used to build a case in your support. Points we may review include if police contact was made with sufficient grounds to suspect you were violating the law, if a breath test was administered correctly or if a blood test was done in the correct manner.