DUI Second Offense Charges
Royal Oak Second Offense DUI Attorneys – 248.543.9000
In Michigan State, and essentially every other state in the country, the penalties enforced upon someone convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) get progressively worse depending on how many prior convictions for driving offenses are on their record. The state uses a lookback period of 7 years to determine if a prior conviction exists or if it is no longer viable. This means if you were convicted of a DUI in 2010, any arrest up to 2017 would carry charges equivalent to a second offense DUI. Keep in mind that a second conviction refreshes the duration of the first, leaving it active on your record for as long as the next or most current conviction.
Do you have questions about a second offense DUI you need answered right away? Contact our Royal Oak DUI lawyers today.
Penalties for DUI Second Offense
- One-year license suspension: Upon conviction, you can expect at least a one-year license suspension administered by the state, not through a criminal justice system.
- Two-year license suspension: If you have refused to take a chemical test in the last 7 years and refuse again, an automatic two-year license suspension will be triggered.
- No hardship license: After your first DUI conviction, you can apply for a hardship license to get to necessary locations. This privilege can be revoked upon a second conviction.
- DLAD: To reinstate your driver’s license after a second offense DUI suspension, you will need to go through the Driver’s License Appeal Division (DLAD), pay additional fees, and possibly take driving education courses.
- $200 to $1,000 fine: This may vary depending on the circumstances of your case but you should expect to pay the full $1,000, or double what you paid for your first conviction.
- Jail time: You must serve at least 5 days in jail but could spend a full year behind or twice the amount for a first-time conviction.
- 30 to 90 days of community service: The kind of community service you may be forced to work will mostly likely be driving-related, such as cleaning trash off the side of highways.
- IID: The state can require you to install an ignition interlock device (IID) on your vehicle after your second conviction. Expect to be taxed monthly for having an IID.
Many of the aforementioned penalties can also be escalated further if your second DUI offense is considered a felony. In order to be considered a felony, you must have either caused an accident that hurt someone, or have had an extremely high blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level upon arrest.
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There is no opponent too big for Rasor Law Firm and our Royal Oak criminal defense lawyers. When you get us onboard for your second offense DUI case, you can bet that we will come out swinging on your behalf. We have been fighting for our clients’ rights in all manner of cases since 1994 and, as our past clients can attest, we have no intention of slowing down.
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