Minnesota is often willing to let non-violent offenders off with a proverbial slap on the wrist if they have been arrested and convicted of a crime for the first time in their life. For example, many instances of shoplifting, disorderly conduct and trespassing often just involve a fine and some probationary conditions for a first offense. However, if a person is arrested and convicted of the same crime for a second time, the judicial system oftentimes comes down on them much harsher because it’s clear that the individual didn’t get the message the first time. In today’s blog, we take a look at five potential penalties for individuals charged with a repeat DUI offense.
Repeat DUI Penalties
If you are arrested for drunk driving for the second time, the stakes will be raised. We always recommend that you consider hiring a lawyer to help with your case, but that’s especially true if you are charged for a repeat offense, because the judge and the jury will already have some preconceived notions about your actions. You need to put forth a strong defense and really challenge the charges or work to put yourself in a good light with the court, otherwise you could face one or more of the following penalties for repeat DUI offenders.
- Fines up to $3,000 (up from $1,000 for the first offense).
- License suspension/revocation/cancellation.
- Mandatory ignition interlock installation.
- Up to one year in jail (up from 90 days for the first offense).
- Vehicle forfeiture.
Needless to say any of these penalties can be life-changing, and odds are the judge will impose more than one of the above conditions. Don’t just plead guilty and ask for leniency, because the judge is unlikely to go easy on you if you didn’t get the message the first time. They often send a message to ensure you get the message, so to speak, which is why it’s so important to have a criminal defense lawyer by your side if you’re facing a repeat DUI charge.
So if you or someone you know is facing a subsequent DUI charge, make sure you pick up the phone and give the team at Appelman Law Firm a call today. We offer free case review strategy sessions where you can sit down with a lawyer, go over your case and learn about your options for moving forward so you can do what’s in your best interest. If you’d like to set up that free consultation, click here or give us a call at (952) 224-2277 today.