Even a first-time DUI conviction can result in serious penalties, like jail time and expensive fines. You may be wondering, what happens after a second, third, or even fourth DUI?
Let’s discuss how the penalties increase with each additional DUI conviction.
If you get a second DUI conviction within five years of your first, you will face elevated penalties.
- A minimum of 10 days in jail, up to potentially nine months
- A fine of up to $2,000
- Your driver’s license being revoked for a minimum of five years
- A mandatory ignition interlock device
A major distinguishing factor between a second-and third-offense is that a third DUI is a felony.
Penalties increase to:
- A minimum of 30 days in jail, up to five years
- A maximum fine of $5,000
- A 10-year driver’s license suspension
A felony conviction can lead to rights being lost even after the completion of any criminal penalties. This could include losing the right to vote or possess a firearm.
Fourth-offense DUIs incur similar jail sentences and fines to that of a third-offense.
However, one of the major differences is that after a fourth DUI conviction, your license is permanently revoked.
Defending DUI Charges
There are multiple ways to defend against DUI charges, even if it isn’t your first offense.
A few common defenses include:
- Improper stop: the officer did not have probable cause to pull you over
- Inaccurate results: this could be from a breathalyzer or field sobriety test
- Rising BAC: claiming that your BAC was below the legal limit when you began driving, but increased during the traffic stop
Daytona Beach DUI Defense
The stakes are high when you are charged with a second, third, or fourth DUI offense. It is crucial that you get in contact with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible following your arrest. At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., we have extensive knowledge about DUI, and can investigate every aspect of your case. Give us a call today at (386) 693-1637 to get started.