Committing repeated drunk driving offenses is actually much more common than you might think. Many people would assume that after going through it once, you’d never want to experience that again. However, many people do. While any DWI is a burden, a repeat offender can tell you that the second time around is typically much more costly in a lot of different ways…
Repeated Drunk Driving Offenses: Why a Second Offense is Much More Costly
What It Will Cost You
You can expect your second drunk driving offense to cost even more than your first. For your second offense, you could face a fine as large as $4,000 if convicted. The cost of your fines depend on the degree of your charge and how quickly it took place after your first DWI. On top of an increase in fines, you will have to deal with the other costs similar to your prior DWI.
Mandatory Jail Time
Just as with fines, different levels of charges come with different lengths of jail time. Each level of offense has a minimum and maximum jail time. The most severe– level 1– offers a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of 2 years sentence. While the least severe–level 5– has a minimum punishment of 24 hours and up to a 60 day maximum. However, the word minimum can be misleading. In certain cases, a court can overrule the minimum jail time. This most often occurs when you offer to meet an alternative requirement of rehab or classes.
When facing a second DWI charge, you will lose your license for at least one year, with or without a conviction. If the second charge comes within three years if the first one, you will lose your license for four years if convicted. Level 3, 4, and 5 charges may request a for limited driving privilege to get to work.
The punishment for a second DWI offense can be far worse than the first time around. After the second DWI, you are at risk of permanently losing your license. Be sure you reach out to an experienced attorney who is familiar with handling this type of case.