Second DUI Offense

Related Ads

Many first time offenders will not serve a jail sentence, though there is a possibility to be sentenced to a jail term of up to one year. Penalties are much stricter for a second DUI offense. (See also DUI after first conviction).

2nd DUI Penalties

Penalties for alcohol-related and drug-related violations include:

  • First DUI offense: $500-$1000 mandatory fine, up to 1 year in jail, and revoked license for at least 6 months
  • Second DUI offense: $1000-$5000 mandatory fine, up to 4 years in jail, and revoked license for at least 1 year
  • Third DUI offense: $2000-10,000 mandatory fine, up to 7 years in jail, and revoked license for at least 1 year

In some cases, probation may also be a form of punishment. Some conditions of probation include:

  • community service
  • taking a dui awareness class
  • report to your probation officer monthly
  • do not drink alcohol or consume other drugs
  • maintain a job
  • do not break any other laws

Study on 2nd DUI Drivers

In a 2007 study conducted by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies (TRB) and published in the National Transportation Library Integrated Search (TRIS) website, seventy-seven people that had been convicted of driving while under the influence of alcohol were screened for recidivism after twelve years subsequent to their original DWI/DUI offense.  Recidivism is the act of repeating undesirable or detrimental activities or behavior even though the person has experienced a negative outcome because of that behavior.  It also applies if the person has been treated for the undesirable or detrimental behavior.  That can include being arrested or attending a rehabilitation program.

At the time of their original DWI/DUI conviction, the participants were administered the Michigan Alcohol Screening Test (MAST) and the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory®-2 (MMPI-2) tests.  The drinking history and driving history of the participants were reviewed at the time of arrest and at the twelve-year follow-up.  The study found that, on average 6 years elapsed between their first and second DWI/DUI offenses.  Their driving history prior to the first DWI/DUI offense was predictive of later recidivism (Info on being a convicted DUI offender).

Have you or someone you know been convicted of a second DUI offense? If so, contact our experienced drunk driving lawyers about your second DUI offense in your area today!

This article is provided for informational purposes only. If you need legal advice or representation,
click here to have an attorney review your case .