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Are the penalties for a second DUI twice as severe?

Facing any type of criminal charge is a daunting and overwhelming prospect, especially when charged with the same crime for the second time. This is particularly true for a drunk driving offense in Tennessee. The state laws take a strong stance against repeat drunk driving offenders, and you would be wise to take quick action to defend yourself against potential penalties. 

second DUI can bring serious penalties if convicted. Despite the fact that you already have a DUI on your criminal record, you still have the right to defend yourself and secure the help of a qualified attorney. Your future and your freedom are still worth protecting. 

The second time around

A second DUI is a serious criminal offense. The penalties could have a significant impact on your finances and personal life, as well as the social impact that accompanies the stigma of being a multiple DUI offender. In Tennessee, a second offense could bring the following consequences:

  • 45 days to almost 12 months in prison
  • Mandatory fines ranging from $600 to $3,500
  • Loss of drivers' license for two years
  • Possible seizure of vehicle
  • Mandatory attendance in drug and alcohol classes
  • Installation of ignition interlock device
  • Possible requirement of financial restitution

If the second DUI happened within two years of the first offense, you could face a requirement of having an ignition interlock device for six months after the reinstatement of your license.

You may be eligible for a restricted license, even while the license revocation is still under effect. This may allow you to drive to work, school and other necessary functions. As soon as possible after your arrest, you will find it beneficial to take whatever steps necessary to protect your future interests. After a second DUI, there is much at stake.

Your future is worth the fight

Even after a second DUI offense, you still have defense options. It is possible that there was a violation of your rights in the course of the traffic stop, or there may be other problems with the prosecution's case against you. With a strong defense, you may be able to mitigate some of the penalties that are currently threatening your life.

One of the first steps you can take to protect your future after a second DUI is to reach out for legal help from an attorney experienced in drunk driving defense. After a case evaluation, you can decide how to move forward with the most appropriate option for your situation.

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