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If you have ever been charged with a 2nd DUI, what were all of the consequences you had to go through?

Asked by mass_pike4 (2083points) May 19th, 2009
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MrGV's avatar

It all varies from different states, for example, where I live your license will be suspended for 1 year and driving school.

mass_pike4's avatar

Here’s what i went through in CT…I had to attend an alcohol out-patient facility where I received 78 hours of treatment education, 180 hours of community service, fines up the wazzoo, license suspended for 20 months, random drug screenings and breathilizers, 12 mandatiory AA meetings, and 18 months probation. All for receiving a 2nd DUI. I did not crash my vehicle, just normal stop/pull over/cuff n’ stuff style arrests. I did however blow a .17 my first time and a .20 the 2nd time…

mass_pike4's avatar

i got both of these arrests while barely underage. I didn’t even mention I had to go to a driver retraining course which of course costs money and hire a lawyer and go through the court system marking the calendars

Stocky's avatar

I live in MA and know quite a few people that have had their 2nd or 3rd DUI and they never had to go through all that you did. They paid a fine after the alloted time their license was suspended. Honestly i cant say ive never driven drunk but i agree that the punishment should be harsh for blowing such a high alcohol level i dont agree with people losing their ability to drive for long periods of time for having 2 glasses of wine and getting stopped at a random checkpoint. But i guess you cant really draw the line legally. Most cops will make a judgement call. But not always.

mass_pike4's avatar

yaaa wow. For a 3rd dui in CT its mandatory jail time 120 days in jail no if ands or buts

Stocky's avatar

I didnt realize you were underage. Im not one to point fingers and am no angel but to be driving with that high of a Blood Alcohol Level. And you not even of drinking age? Then im sure thats why they threw the book at you. Honestly the fewer young kids driving around drunk the better IMHO. Im not gonna lecture you but you should really stop driving drunk.

mass_pike4's avatar

ya man trust me I learned my lesson. I was the poster child who thought he could get away with it. Made some stupid decisions and got caught. Honestly I can count the number of times I’ve driven drunk and one hand and I got caught for it more than once. I’ll never do it again. I’ve cut my driving habits significantly too, so there is a plus side to all this. And thank god no one was hurt at those times

mass_pike4's avatar

*drinking habits

Steven0512's avatar

Ever heard of a taxi or DD? Sad thing is drunk drivers rarely die in an accident; it’s always the other car. I’m no saint, but do your time and stop driving after drinking.

Stocky's avatar

Exactly, Good for you, Unfortunately I guess its a tough lesson learned. You may have not crashed your vehicle but you were driving erratically enough that they knew you were drunk and pulled you over. If they hadn’t you could have ended up crashing and not just hurting yourself but maybe a minivan with a family inside ect.

mass_pike4's avatar

ive heard of DDs certainly made the wrong choice, but not taxis where im from. Live in a small ass town. I’ve heard far too many terrible trageties in the past and recently. Its def not worth it

Stocky's avatar

Ive been to funerals for accidents like that and all you can think about is how easily it could have been avoided.

RedPowerLady's avatar

Just do not drink and drive. Too many people die that way. There are so many options available to you. It is never necessary to drink and drive. No matter what your age or circumstances. Please think of the safety of others. You are part of a community. Imagine what it would feel like to kill someone because you wanted a night of fun.

MissAusten's avatar

I hope you did learn from all that trouble—because next time someone could get hurt. It’s something that always makes me mad. I had a roommate in college whose life was drastically altered after being hit by a drunk driver. She was in the hospital for weeks with several broken bones and severe brain trauma. She recovered, but at age 21 had to walk with a cane and had damage to her short-term memory that forced her to leave school. The guy who hit her had been arrested multiple times for DUI but somehow still had a license. He’d been driving on the wrong side of the highway, at night, with his lights off. My friend was a passenger—the driver had her wrist broken. The driver’s 4 month old baby was in the back seat, and amazingly enough wasn’t injured even though her car seat was full of broken glass. The only good thing to come from that was how careful all of us became about partying after that. We still had more than our share of fun, but stuck to designated driver rules. We also enacted a volunteer program in our sorority where girls would volunteer to be “on call” to pick up friends who’d been drinking and didn’t have a safe ride home.

So please be careful. I’d like to feel sorry for you because of all those fines and classes, but I can’t.

RedPowerLady's avatar

@MissAusten I’d like to see that program enacted in all frats/sororities and beyond. That is fantastic.

MissAusten's avatar

@RedPowerLady It was actually a common practice for special sorority and fraternity events, we just extended it to every weekend, regardless of whether or not we had a date party, formal, or mixer. It wasn’t that difficult, because contrary to the greek life stereotype, there were many members who didn’t drink at all.

RedPowerLady's avatar

@MissAusten Heck I must be living in the wrong part of the country because everyone here drinks (regardless of frat/sorority status), in fact I lost many friends by quitting myself.

casheroo's avatar

What I love is how people judge anyone with a DUI. Uhh, the people who drive without licenses after DUI convictions is where the hate should be directed. There are already severe enough repercussions for DUI offenses

In my state, you usually get probation, fines and community service after the first and second DUI. You only go to jail, for a short period, if you break probation.

My husband has had two DUIs, all before I met him, I think he was 20 or 21. Overall, the punishment he has had to endure:
No license for 4 years 9 months.
Fines- Over $1,000, we still cannot pay them because we need to buy food. These are fines from over 5 years ago.
1 year of intoxalock. It cost $1,000 to install, you pay it monthly. You have to blow into your car every 5 to `10 minutes while driving. I could never drive his car, I can’t blow for a minute straight.
Two weekends in jail, for breaking probation (I believe.) He had work release.
I think he had to do at least 120 hours community service (Not sure the exact hours, I didn’t know him then, but I do know that is the law in the state now)

Trust me, the punishment fits the crime. People who do not follow the punishment are the ones people should actually be pissed at. My husband paid his time to society, we suffered greatly because of it…it affected me and his son, and I never even knew him when these DUIs occured. They can change your life more than you could ever imagine. It’s not worth it.

RedPowerLady's avatar

@casheroo I think it is more judgment of the crime itself and not the person who commits the crime.

casheroo's avatar

@RedPowerLady I understand the hatred of the crime, but people get all up in arms and say things like “They shouldn’t be allowed to drive” Most people who have had DUIs aren’t allowed to drive, but they continue to do so. That’s the misleading part that bugs me.

RedPowerLady's avatar

@casheroo Yes that does make sense.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

There is a drunk driver who killed my cousin and several others a few days back, he had a previous DUI so we’re all standing by to see what will happen to him now. How’s that for consequences of repeat drunk driving?

RedPowerLady's avatar

@hungryhungryhortence I’m so sorry to hear about this. And I am sorry for your loss.

mollysmithee's avatar

Each state is slightly different, but you can face jail time, hefty fines, community service, license revocation and a pretty long probation period. Here’s an article that goes more specifically into the consequences: http://www.cowanlawfirm.com/articles/how-multiple-dui-offenses-can-hurt-you/
Good luck.

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