Second Offense DWI

If you are convicted a second time for driving while intoxicated (DWI) within ten years of your first conviction, you will face steeper penalties. The tougher the penalties and impact on your life, the more you need the help of one of’s DWI defense lawyers.

When deciding which charges to press against you, a prosecutor will determine if you’ve been convicted in the past of DWI offenses, including reckless driving and charges resulting from an accident or injury within the past ten years.

Minimum penalties increase with a second conviction. The reason is that the state hopes these penalties will end a history of drinking and driving. Alcohol abuse counseling or treatment will likely be part of the sentence.

A second DWI conviction in a ten year period may lead to:

  • Ninety days to one year in jail.
    • More time will be added if you were driving far above the speed limit or if a passenger in the vehicle was younger than 14.
  • Probation, with the judge deciding the time frame.
  • Fines from $390 to $1000.
  • Mandatory DWI school attendance.
  • Loss of your driver’s license for up to two years.
  • Impoundment of your vehicle for up to 30 days.
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device.

DWI convictions will impact your future.

  • Job applications may ask if you’ve been convicted of a crime.
  • There will be increased premiums for auto insurance or the cancelation or nonrenewal of your policy.
  • Lost work time due to incarceration, probation or lack of transportation can result in losing your job, making it more difficult to support your family.

If you’ve been charged for DWI for the second time in ten years, take it seriously and take action by retaining the services of a qualified, experienced DWI defense lawyer. Contact us today to set up a consultation.