DUI 101: Examining DUI Second Offenses

If you didn't learn your lesson the first time around, a DUI second offense could mean a harder slap on the wrist. Law enforcement considers drinking and driving a serious offense and strives to make sure you feel the burn if you are found to be a DUI second offender.

A DUI second offense may mean more jail time, larger fines and a longer license suspension as well as additional penalties. Each state has DUI laws that will affect your life if you are convicted of a DUI second offense.

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DUI Second Offenses Come Down a Little Harder

With a DUI second offense, most states will typically increase the penalties if it is within five years of your first offense. Take these examples.

  • In Illinois, a 1st DUI offense may get you fines of up to $2500, up to one year in jail, a year driver's license suspension and 100 hours of community service. If you are charged with an Illinois DUI second offense, the sentence may increase to up to $2500 in fines, a five-year driver's license suspension, a mandatory sentence of five days in jail or 240 hours of community service, and the installation of an ignition interlock device.
  • Many states just increase the penalties already mandated the first time around with a DUI second offense, but some states like Wisconsin include more penalties. After your first Wisconsin DUI offense, you could be fined up to $300 plus a surcharge of $355 and have your license suspended for up to nine months. A Wisconsin DUI second offense within ten years may mean quadruple the fines, a driver's license suspension for at least a year, a mandatory jail sentence of at least five days, and installation of an ignition interlock device.

Charged with a Second DUI Offense?

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