Just like a first offense, a second-offense operating while intoxicated (OWI) charge is classified as a misdemeanor. If convicted of a second offense within seven years of your prior DUI, the judge can sentence you to anywhere from five days to one year in jail, depending on the circumstances of the case. In addition, you may be ordered to pay large fines and court costs, perform 30 to 90 days of community service, and attend alcohol education classes.
Many people find that the hardest part of a second drunk driving offense is dealing with the license suspension. A second conviction can lead to a hard one-year revocation, which means you are ineligible for a limited permit and can absolutely not drive at all.
There is also a possibility that you won’t get your license back after the revocation period; however, you have a right to request a hearing in order to fight for the reinstatement of your driving privileges. If you lose, you must wait another year before requesting another hearing. In addition to license revocation by the Secretary of State, the judge will also order you to have your vehicle immobilized.
As part of the terms of your license restoration for a second offense, you will be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle once your revocation period is over. Similar to a breathalyzer test, the ignition interlock device measures the alcohol in your breath before your vehicle can start. If your blood alcohol content is over the preset limit, you cannot start your car and your violation will be reported to the probation office.
If you are an underage driver who is convicted of a second Zero Tolerance law offense, you could be sentenced to stiff fines, up to 60 days of community service and up to 90 days of incarceration.
Potential collateral consequences of a second offense include increased insurance premiums or the cancellation of your policy altogether. The same may happen to your health and life insurance policies, as you would fall into a high risk category. A second conviction can also trigger the Interstate Compact provisions, leaving you unable to move to a new state while on probation.