Getting charged with DUI once is hard enough, but if you have to face these charges a second time it is good to know what to expect. The range of punishment increases with each subsequent DUI, so preparing yourself for what lies ahead can help you when developing a defense. If you have been through the process before you might think you know enough to get by without the help of a trained DUI defense attorney, but doing so may only make matters worse.

Five reasons a DUI the second time around is harder than a first time offense include:

  • The monetary fine associated with a second offense is higher, often times falling between $1,000.00 and $2,000.00.
  • You might find yourself behind bars for up to 9 months with a second offense.
  • Subsequent DUI’s can cause you to lose your car to impoundment for a month.
  • Depending on the timing, you might face loss of your driver’s license for up to five years!
  • You will likely be required to have an interlock device installed in your vehicle for up to a year.

One thing that remains the same for a second DUI charge is the BAC, and you can also expect to lose your license upon arrest. This means that even though it is possible to lose your license for up to five years depending on how close in time your cases are, you do still have the ability to request an administrative review of the revocation. If you are successful at the administrative hearing you may be granted a limited right to drive. A limited license gives you permission to drive to and from school and work, and in some instances to other activities. But in order to make this request you still have to act just as timely as you did the first time around. Failure to seek administrative review within 10 days of arrest cuts off your right to do so later. A subsequent DUI arrest also makes it more difficult to obtain favorable probationary terms, but not impossible. If you have been arrested for DUI more than once, call us to today to protect your rights.

If you have questions about subsequent DUI’s, call our office for answers. Schedule an appointment with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.