Chicago, IL based Insurance Navy Brokers recently published a blog post titled ‘What to Expect for a Second DUI Offense.’ Often, the consequences of a second offense are more serious, and by informing people of what they may encounter in the event they are convicted again, the company hopes to help people realize how important it is to avoid re-offending. Similarly, they will also be more prepared if they do get convicted a second time.
“It’s no secret that getting a DUI comes with a large handful of consequences. But, getting a second DUI could have an even further negative impact,” the blog post says. “Although it’s best to avoid this circumstance, getting charged with a second DUI offense isn’t uncommon. Unfortunately, there are a number of criminal charges you could face for your second DUI. Not only do you have a higher chance of being convicted since you’re a repeat offender, but getting a second DUI is usually treated as a class A misdemeanor.”
Criminal penalties usually mean that there is a possibility that the offender will face jail time. A lighter sentence could include five days in jail or up to 240 hours of community service. Second DUI offenders are not taken lightly by the state, however, and it is quite possible for an individual to find themselves facing even harsher penalties, including up to a year in prison or a fine of $2500. The circumstances surrounding the offense also affect the severity of the consequences. For example, the offender’s BAC is often taken into account, and a BAC reading above .16 means that the offender is legally required to serve jail time.
The first offense could lead to a license being suspended, but a second offense all but guarantees that it will be suspended immediately. Second offenders are legally barred from operating motor vehicles after they are charged. While it is possible to appeal this suspension, the period in which it is possible to do so is very short, and failure to submit an appeal means that the suspension will automatically go into effect. Usually, the suspension lasts 12 months, but certain factors can make it 36 months instead.
A second DUI is something to be very concerned about, and the article recommends taking the appropriate action as soon as possible. The first step is always to get in touch with a highly qualified legal professional, which greatly increases the driver’s chances of producing a proper defense in court. Legal professionals know the laws around DUIs inside and out and have years of experience dealing with all kinds of situations, including second offense DUIs. When searching for an attorney, it is also important to make sure that they have a good reputation in order to ensure they know what they are doing.
Insurance Navy is dedicated to educating and assisting people with their insurance needs. Their blog posts are just one of the many ways in which the company seeks to help their community understand what options are available to them in any given situation. The company provides non-standard auto insurance and sells a range of financial products through more than 30 storefronts, a call center and online platform in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Texas and California. They provide a number of other financial products and services in addition to insurance, and many clients have left excellent reviews of the company’s services online.
“Thank you so much, Fernando, for your service and for being so patient explaining the benefits and quote, you were really helpful,” says Ana Lopez in a review of Insurance Navy. “I definitely recommend Insurance Navy, and I'II make sure my friends and family know about my experience with you guys and hope they join the Insurance Navy family.”
Julio Cardona similarly says that the company is a, “Great place to get your insurance from since they make it so easy and fast! Thanks to Fernando for helping out so much and making the experience as smooth as possible!”
For more information on the appropriate steps to take following a 2nd DUI and more, visit Insurance Navy’s website and read their blog. Insurance Navy can be reached via social media, phone and email as well.
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