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What are the social and financial impacts of a second DUI arrest?

On Behalf of | Apr 23, 2024 | DUI Defense

Facing a second charge for driving under the influence (DUI) can heighten an alleged offender’s fears and worries. Their penalties include the suspension of their license, prison time and attending an alcohol highway safety school.

Additionally, the penalties depend on the offender’s Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level. A second basic DUI offense (with .08 to .099% or undetermined BAC) is an ungraded misdemeanor. A repeat High BAC DUI (.10 to .159% level) is also an ungraded misdemeanor, while a second DUI under the Highest BAC (.16% and above) or Controlled Substance is a first-degree misdemeanor.

Several social impacts

Getting a second DUI arrest has several social consequences. A license suspension and prison sentence can mar an offender’s reputation and livelihood. Moreover, it could cause shame and other problems not only to the offender but also to their families and loved ones.

Numerous expenses

Aside from having social impacts, a second DUI arrest yields numerous costs. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, below are some expenses of a second DUI offender:

  • Traffic fines: For basic DUI, the fine would be $300 to $2,500. It increases to $750 to $5,000 for a High BAC DUI and $1,500 to $10,00 for a DUI under the Highest BAC or Controlled Substance.
  • Alcohol evaluation charges: The range is from $35 to $100.
  • Towing vehicle fees: There is a flat fee worth $50 plus mileage.
  • Impounding expenses: The daily rate is around $75 to $175.
  • Education and treatment costs: The price would be from $100 to $1,000. Offenders need to get treatment if they receive an order to do so.
  • License restoration fees: The amount is $184 for a commercial license and $76 for a non-commercial one.

In addition, those who committed a second DUI offense need to spend for the installation of an ignition interlock device. Meanwhile, other expenses could include legal fees and charges for canceling an insurance policy or increasing an insurance premium.

Facing a second DUI

A second DUI charge may be burdensome and overwhelming. With ample legal support, you may point out irregularities in your arrest, such as the test methods and evidence, in hopes of avoiding another conviction.



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