Penalties for a 2nd DUI Conviction
It’s important to note that for each conviction, prosecutors and judges want progressively more serious punishments.
If you have a previous DUI conviction, your second DUI will result in steeper penalties—particularly if that conviction was less than 5 years ago. In such an instance, your driver’s license will be automatically suspended for three years. In the vast majority of cases, you will also receive more jail time (likely without the option of community service instead) and probation time. The absolute minimum fine is $1500, and fines can go much, much higher.
Penalties for a 3rd DUI Conviction
A third DUI conviction carries serious consequences. If it is your 3rd DUI conviction with 10 years it becomes a felony DUI. This means the mandatory minimum jail sentence is 90 days, and beyond that, you could actually receive a genuine prison sentence. The minimum fine is $2,000. Furthermore, the DMV will completely revoke your driver’s license— for the rest of your life.
Even if your 3rd DUI conviction is outside the 10-year felony window, your driver’s license will still be revoked for life. The law in Oregon is that 3 DUI convictions in a person’s lifetime is an automatic lifetime revocation of driving privileges. The 3 DUIs could be more than 30 years apart, but the lifetime revocation still applies.
As you can see, the consequences of multiple DUI charges can be life-altering. Beyond the mere inconvenience of being incarcerated, people often lose their careers, personal relationships, homes, and more as a result of multiple DUI convictions. You need the support and expertise of an experienced defense attorney to lessen or avoid these consequences, if possible.
The Importance of Hiring a Proven DUI Defense Attorney
Contact me today for a free initial consultation. I can walk you through the complicated DUI litigation process, answer any questions you may have, and help you understand your options. The legal system is complex and particularly unforgiving when it comes to DUIs. The more professional power you have behind you, the better.
Knowledge, strategy, and experience mean everything when it comes to fighting DUI convictions, and I have all three. Don’t delay— the earlier we’re apprised of the facts of your case, the sooner I can get started.