Drunk driving, driving under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated (DWI) and drinking and driving are serious crimes in most American states. Increasingly, the courts implement heavier sentences on those who recidivate. As a result, an individual with a 2nd DUI faces greater consequences for his or her actions. This may or may not include entering a 2nd DUI Program.
Punishment for a 2nd DUI depends on how much time has passed between the first and second offenses. For example, some states consider it a 2nd DUI if it falls within 10 years of the first. If it does not, it is not a legal 2nd DUI. In other states, the time is more or less.
This is important because it will have an impact on the severity of the consequences the law will apply. In most states, the 2nd DUI, results in
In most states, the standard time for a license suspension for a first DUI offense is 90 days. For a 2nd DUI offense, the time of suspension varies. In Alabama and Wyoming, it is 1 year, but in Texas, you lose your license for only 180 days for a 2nd DUI offense.
If you commit a 2nd DUI, a DUI Program is possible. It is not part of the punishment in some states, however. Texas, for example, does not include either a mandatory alcohol education or mandatory alcohol treatment program at any level of DUI offenses. Other states include them as part of the overall sentencing. Some, however, offer one or the other, or have in place particular restrictions.
In general, a 2nd DUI Program is more demanding than the obligatory initial DUI Program. In California, for example, the 2nd DUI Program can last from 18 to 30 months. Whether in California or in other states where it is mandated, it is essential the individual complete successfully and satisfactorily the 2nd DUI Program. Failure to do so will result in jail time.
If you are facing a 2nd DUI Program, talk to a knowledgeable drunk driving lawyer. He or she can advise you on what this will entail and how it will affect you. A skilled attorney will also know in what states this program is applicable.