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Second DUIs Need Strong Legal Defense

Multiple DUI convictions can be a red flag on your background checks, negatively affecting most aspects of your life. A second or higher DUI also comes with more extreme consequences than your first DUI. Here is information about what to expect with a second DUI.

Multiple Charge Types

DUI charges for a second violation vary in severity. For example, a class A misdemeanor is the lowest level charge you can get, but if you had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of over .16, an additional charge would stack on top of your DUI violation. If you had a passenger under 16 years old in the car with you when you were arrested, the charge becomes an aggravated DUI, a class 2 felony.

Steep Consequences

If convicted of a second DUI, you could face from five days (or 240 hours of community service) to a year in jail. Fines can vary from 2,500 to 5,000, depending on the severity of your violation. Also, you will need to complete a drug and alcohol evaluation. If there is a recommendation for substance abuse treatment, you must complete that as well. The license suspension penalty is the most far-reaching consequence of a second DUI. If you have more than one DUI conviction in the past 20 years, you will get a five-year license suspension.

Post-Suspension Restrictions

After your license suspension period is over, you can apply for a restricted driving permit (RDP). This will allow you to drive a vehicle for essential purposes only, such as going to work or attending medical appointments. Your RDP status will last for at least five years and will require the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID).

Talk With A Skilled DUI Lawyer

When this isn’t your first DUI, you need an aggressive and knowledgeable attorney who can push for the most favorable outcome possible for your situation. Majer, Sheen & Piereth, P.C., is here to help. Give us a call at 630-553-7788 or contact us online to schedule a consultation about your situation.