Across the country, each state makes its own laws for DUI convictions. Some states have more severe penalties than others, but there is one consistent factor: the more DUI convictions you have, the more severe penalties you will face. The penalties for second and subsequent DUI convictions can include higher fines, community service, an alcohol education/treatment course, a jail sentence, a longer license suspension/revocation period and the requirement to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. Let’s break down what happens if you’re convicted of a DUI and have already had one.
As with any repeat offender of a drinking and driving charge, the penalty fines associated with the DUI offense will increase with every conviction. Fines can sometimes be reduced or eliminated by serving additional community service. These costs are set by the state, so be sure to familiarize yourself with the fines in your area.
Community service is defined as time spent volunteering for a nonprofit organization or public service entity. As with your first DUI charge, community service hours can sometimes be used in lieu of additional fines or even jail time if requested by the defendant. The total number of hours ordered to serve will vary by case, state and judge.
Alcohol Education Course
The court may require that you participate in alcohol education classes or treatment programs, especially if this a second or subsequent DUI charge. The type of treatment will vary based on the circumstances of your arrest. If you are looking for alcohol education providers in your area, or if you have questions about treatment programs, DUI.org can provide you with the best alcohol treatment center options.