Multiple Drunk Driving Offenses: Three or More DWIs
A New Jersey man made headlines after being charged with five DUIs in five weeks. This individual also had a history of drinking violations. His license had only recently been reinstated, and his driving privileges had been suspended 23 times since 1989.
Though most individuals do not get charged with drunk driving multiple times in one month, many individuals may end up being pulled over for drunk driving more than once. With each additional conviction, the penalties increase. Generally, the justice system is more lenient with a first time offender, treating the crime as a mistake and a onetime occurrence. But keep in mind, drunk driving is always a serious offense.
Individuals who repeatedly or habitually drink and drive can face very serious penalties that can affect their driving privileges, insurance, career, wallet and freedom.
The most serious penalties are possible for individuals who have three or more DUIs in a 10-year period.
Individuals charged with three or more DUIs face:
- License loss for up to ten years
- $1,000 fine and multiple other fees
- 180 day prison term
- Up to 90 days of community service
- Required ignition interlock device use during license suspension and for 1-3 years after restoration
- Substantially increased insurance costs
Driving with a DUI license suspension can also lead to 1-2 years additional license suspension. Collateral consequences include difficulty finding jobs, renting apartments and obtaining student aid.
With consequences this severe, it is important to have an aggressive defense attorney on your side. If you face multiple DUI charges, there may be defenses available to you.
Source: 6abc.com, “NJ Man Charged With 5th DUI in 5 Weeks,” May 16, 2012